Richard Whitney // Unaffiliated // State: Governor (A+)
1. How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
I have been into photography and writing throughout my life. Access and being able to study artists, helps me to see and understand the qualities and work involved in its creation. We see many things in older works, from politics, the state of the and the human condition and these reflect in current and future works. Would we BE without these works? Don't they define what being human is?
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
-Reducing regulations of creative businesses
-Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.)
-The RAP tax
-The RAP taxes which are decided by voters
-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. I will...
-Ensure existing fund balances are preserved for recreation, cultural organizations, and parks
-Make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues
-Work to pass a RAP tax in my county
5. Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
Investing enough to not only continue but to flourish in the future.
6. Anything else we should know about you?
I have lived in and travel through Utah most of my life. My family has been here since arrival with the pioneers. Utah has very different flavor, different rural areas even more so, than anywhere else I have been.