Lee Anne Walker // Libertarian // Utah House District 46 (A+)
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- I am passionate about art and politics. I am idealistic about truth, beauty, love--and determinedly remain so. I have been attracted to the creative energy of associating with creative people. I find the arts inspiring, educational, and so calming when it is just me at my easel for hours making my Utah landscapes.
Utah's humanities and arts employ 123,000 Utahns, provide $4.4 billion in earnings, and $13.2 billion in sales. This is a larger economic impact than agriculture, mining, and real estate. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
- Equitable amount proportional to taxes paid, money circulated into economy, and other industries. There have to be budget cuts that can be made to keep the arts going. I have always wondered about the $300,000 a year to keep wolves out of Utah. Really? Skip that for a year or two to jump start the arts.
I support the following legislative items:
- Grants to be used for operations (jobs) as soon as possible
- Keeping emergency loans open to nonprofits
- Protecting the RAP taxes so that money granted to cultural organizations doesn't get repurposed
- Increasing availability of loans to cultural businesses (non-profit and for-profit)
- Fiscally responsible government investment in arts and humanities organizations.
- Development of cultural districts
- Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture.
- Reducing regulations of creative businesses.
- Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.).
- Percent for public art programs, which optionally designate 1% of government capital costs for public art
- Allowing municipalities to set design standards
- K-6 Students should have increased exposure to arts and humanities education
- 7-12 Students should have increased exposure to arts and humanities education
- I support the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program which puts one arts specialist in most elementary schools
- I support the POPS (Professional Outreach Program in the Schools) which sends 13 professional arts organizations to all UT school districts
- I support the iSEE (Informal Science Educational Enhancement) which sends 10 professional science, zoological, and natural history organizations to all UT school districts
Anything else we should know about you?
- I owned an art gallery for several years. I found I spent all my time on the business matters, including, selling other artists' work. I loved the associations with them, but I completely quit painting myself. I had no time. Then my husband had a stroke, and I had to make a bunch of changes. Through all that I realized most artists do not have health insurance except through a day job or a supportive spouse. Something to work on.
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