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Corroon vs Herbert

If you’ve been watching the debates in Utah’s gubernatorial election, you’ve probably noticed that discussing the arts is not a priority. Which is why we had Amanda Finlayson sit down with the two candidates to discuss their personal involvement in the arts and how they would support Utah’s cultural economy if elected governor.

READ the full article here.

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  1. I have looked up Peter Caroon’s education plan, but I see no concrete ideas about including the very important arts education plans in this overview.
    I am pleased with this story but would like more in-depth questions about arts education answered by both. My vote depends on this information.

  2. This may not be concrete enough to answer Shirley’s question but here it goes. I am the co-chair of Peter’s finance committee so let me disclose that right up front!
    Peter and Sheryl are very much interested in, and supportive of, fixing our broken educational system. As you no doubt no, Utah is dead last by some 20% in per-pupil funding. In this last legislative session, Utah cut K-12 education funding by some $10 million and the State added 11,000 new K-12 students. The math obviously doesn’t work.
    Peter and Sheryl are also very supportive of the arts both in and out of the school system. They realize, and have said, that arts and culture are an important part of education both in and outside of the school system. Peter has demonstrated this commitment as County Mayor in support of the various County arts and cultural organizations, supporting a State-wide ZAP tax, etc. Together, Peter and Sheryl believe that exposure to arts and culture in and outside of the school system make for better educated and well-rounded children, increase SAT scores and increase economic development. Further, it is clear that any “major” city or important State in the Country has significant cultural offerings which are part of the attraction to businesses relocating in areas that their employees will find exciting.
    Governor Herbert has indicated his opposition to a statewide ZAP tax and has not otherwise been particularly supportive of the arts.
    So while I cannot comment on the completeness of Peter’s education plan as it relates specifically to arts education and funding, it is absolutely clear to me that Peter and Sheryl are very supportive of arts education in school and are supportive of arts and cultural organizations outside of schools – all in an effort to balance costs with the importance of exposure of our children to arts and culture for their own sake, and for the sake of our future.
    I hope this helps somewhat and I will try to get a more “official” response if time permits between now and the election.

  3. The article mentions that “Utah currently spends $3 million in arts outreach efforts through the State Office of Education and spends $11 million on the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, which is a public/private partnership.”
    This statement makes it sound as if the State Office of Education spends $11 million each year on the Sorenson Arts Learning Program. This is not entirely accurate.
    Past support of this program has been appreciated and successful. But this funding, which provides visual art, dance, and music instruction to elementary school students, could end after this school year when the program runs out of money.
    Program advocates are asking lawmakers for another $4 million to keep it going next school year.
    Please see http://www.artworksforkids.org/ for more information.

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