Sheldon Kirkham // Democratic // US House of Representatives Congressional District 4 (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)
Answer: Theatre was my minor course of study in university. In its pursuit I discovered that the progress of human history depends much on the progress of the arts. The forms and content of artistic expression both reflect and inform the zeitgeist. A vibrant interest and investment in the arts is a hallmark of times of progress and prosperity. When the arts wane or exist in stagnation, so does civil society at large.
Other Explanations or Comments:
While I understand the intention I generally object to the use of the phrase 'fiscally responsible'. It is a phrase opened to a great deal of weighted interpretation and, at present, its interpretation is dominated by a political ideology which is anathema to the promotion of arts and culture.
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