Steve Waldrip // Republican // Utah House of Representatives District 8 (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: My parents founded High Valley Arts Foundation, a Midway based charitable foundation dedicated to the arts in Midway. They are currently pursuing funding and approval for the Midway Center for the Arts, which would be a significant addition to arts education and access in Heber/Midway. I am a lifelong theater brat, my mother has been writing, producing and directing plays, that my dad often starred in. . While that talent has skipped a generation (my son inherited it, not me), I have a deep appreciation for the Arts and the power that they have to change lives.
Explanations: I'm happy to discuss further my answers, I don't have enough information on the issue that I marked unsure on, so any additional info on that would be helpful. Thank you!