Mark Russell // United Utah Party // Utah House of Representatives District 49 (A+)
1. Should government invest in funding the arts and humanities at fiscally responsible levels?
2. Do you support investing money into K-12 arts and humanities education at fiscally responsible levels?
3. Do you believe that arts and humanities education should be required in the k-12 curriculum?
4. Do you consider the arts and culture sector to be an economic driver in Utah?
5. Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?
6. Do you support preserving the Utah Historic Preservation Tax Credit?
7. Do you support policy that positively impacts tourism, such as the creation of historic and cultural districts?
8. Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain. (responses to this question were not graded)
Our family has supported the arts for many, many years, through consistent attendance at a variety of cultural events, and through financial support. As a member of the Southern Utah University Board of Trustees for 8 years, I was involved in the Utah Shakespeare Festival's (a part of SUU) development and completion of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren, have been enriched by the variety and accessibility of art and culture we enjoy here in Utah!
Arts education is a vital part of a well-rounded education. Exposure to the arts in K-12 should not only be available to all, but encouraged.
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