Nancy Huntly // Democrat // State Senate-District 25 (A)
1. How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
I am a life-long lover of arts, culture, and humanities, with a particular fondness for music, theatre, literature, history, and visual art - but I enjoy and regularly participate in and partake of all forms that come my way. My family all read widely and engage in many forms of art. Art, humanities, and culture are basic human functions and ways of knowing, creating, and sharing. They contribute significantly to vibrant communities.
2. 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?
3. I support...
-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 (nonprofit and for-profit)
-Fiscally responsible government investment in arts and humanities organizations
-Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture
-Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.)
-The RAP tax
-Existing fund balances that will be preserved for recreation, cultural organizations, and parks
-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
-The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program which puts one arts specialist in most elementary schools
-The POPS (Professional Outreach Program in the Schools) which sends 13 professional arts organizations to all UT school districts
-The iSEE (Informal Science Educational Enhancement) which sends 10 professional science, zoological, and natural history organizations to all UT school districts
4. Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
That public funds are appropriately invested in fostering arts and humanities, which provide public benefits - magnitude of investment always requires balancing many factors, but arts and humanities should remain in the portfolio.