Mike Winder // Republican // Utah House District 30
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- I have been enriched through attending art galleries, events, performances, and festivals. I have performed in choirs, musicals, and plays. I have authored 13 published books and numerous articles. I have an honors degree in history, served eight years on the Utah Board of State History and four years on the Utah Museum Advisory Board. The arts, culture and humanities to me are so important to Utah because, in the words of Aeschylus, they exist to bring us beyond mere existing and are here “to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”
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:
- Government support of public-private partnerships that strengthen Utah's cultural landscape, has a positive return on investment for the state, increases business attraction through quality of life, and grows tourism.
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 sing baritone. I once won a blue ribbon at the district art show for an oil painting of the Phantom of the Opera that was displayed at the Utah State Fair. I once was a break dancer. I am also the current chair of the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee.
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