Shawn Ferriola // United Utah Party // Utah House District 12 (B-)
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- Ever since I was a young boy, my parents and grandparents instilled in me a love of the arts by taking me to the theatre, museums, and other cultural events. As I have grown up, I have continued to cultivate my love of the arts by attending the theatre regularly (occasionally, when finances have allowed, we have held season tickets), seeing cultural events and museums wherever we travel. We have begun to carry on this tradition and cultivation of the arts with our own children as we have taken them to these events as well. As a teacher, I often look for cultural events and artifacts that I can bring into my classroom to help enrich my students' learning.
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:
- Arts and humanities are a vital part of our culture. Fiscally responsible government investment means that as we consider budget items, we work with all the key stakeholders to find responsible funding efforts to support the arts and humanities.
I support the following legislative items:
- Grants to be used for operations (jobs) as soon as possible
- Keeping emergency loans open to nonprofits
- 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.
- 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 wanted to clarify a couple of positions that were presented on a previous page of this questionnaire. I selected opposed to two items (I will make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues and I will work to pass a RAP tax in my county only because there was not another option. On these two issues I would like to know more about these taxes and how they have historically and currently been/being used. On the N/A selections (Protecting the RAP taxes so that money granted to cultural organizations doesn't get repurposed, Reducing regulations of creative businesses. and Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.)) I would want to discuss these items a little further in-depth with the UCA so that I can understand these issues better and have a better grasp of what these items are before I support or oppose them. Thank you for the opportunity to answer these questions. I look forward to talking with you.
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