Lowry Snow // Republican // Utah House District 74 (A+)
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- The arts have enriched my life and the life of my family in countless ways. My wife is an accomplished concert pianist and a choir teacher--teaching high school students for over 30 years. Music has always filled our home and is an important part of our life. We have in turn passed on to our children and grandchildren not only an appreciation for music but in many cases, the desire to play a wide variety of musical instruments as well as perform in school, church and community choirs.
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:
- It means, whenever possible, we include funding for arts and humanities for us and our children in public schools.
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 remain a big supporter of arts in our schools--at every grade level. I've supported the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program and funding every year since my service began in the legislature--along with other art outreach programs. As Chair of House Education Committee and as a member of the Education Appropriations committee, I believe I can be a valuable resource in promoting the arts in our schools including appropriate funding of programs for our students.
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