Sue Womack // Democrat // Utah House of Representatives District 65 (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)
Starting at age 5, my father taught me piano. He played jazz and big band music on the piano and on vinyl, which began my love of music. I've expanded my genres since then, and continue to listen. I played clarinet from 4th grade-12th in symphonic and marching bands, and sang in school and church choirs (first as a soprano, but in HS I was an alto and remain so. I was in musicals in High School long before High School Musical was a "thing"! I'm a patron of the arts and culture, attending stage productions, art gallery events, cultural festivals, and concerts. My most emotional expressions are conveyed through my arts experiences.
I would in general support policies that impact tourism (such as declaring cultural or historic districts). The issues can be nuanced and complex, though. I would want to hear from the citizens involved and analyze who is impacted both positively and negatively.