The candidates answered a survey about the importance of the arts.

Kathy Lambert John Murphy
Please rate your interest in the arts Very interested Very interested
What arts activities have you and/or your family attended, participated in, or supported during the past year? Check all that apply.
Music music
Theater theater
Broadway Shows broadway shows
Dance dance
Film film
Creative Writing
Photography photography
Folk Arts
Other other
Did you or your children participate in any of the above “arts” activities while in school? yes yes
Are you a season subscriber or a member at any local arts organizations? yes yes
Please give the top three reasons the arts important to you, your family, and/or your community.
Provide entertainment 2
Encourage creativity 1
Create a sense of community 3
Advance understanding
Support civic engagement
Promote cultural heritage 2
Draw tourism
Attract a high quality workforce
Drive economic development
Complete a well-rounded education 1 3
How familiar are you with the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and its programs? Fairly knowledgeable Some knowledge
The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue, stimulate business activity, attract tourism revenue, and help businesses attract and retain a quality work force. Strongly agree Strongly agree
The arts are an appropriate concern of state government and should be publicly funded. Agree Strongly agree
Public art improves and enhances public spaces and should be publicly funded. Agree Strongly agree
Basic education funding must include sufficient and equitable resources for all core subjects, including the arts. Strongly agree Strongly agree
The benefits of arts education should be equitably provided to all Washington students. Strongly agree Strongly agree
Can you describe an instance in which you’ve observed an impact of arts learning? Yes I was a teacher in elementary grades.  I saw students learning math from music and also drama was useful in so many ways  to help students retain information and be engaged and excited about learning. My daughters career in art as a successful artist, learned in HS and honed at Digipen. Independent creative artist ( My youngest daughter’ participation in Cosplay and her creative approach to creating costumes for these events. Learned in HS and honed at WSW with a degree in Theater Arts . Now working for Pokeman as a game tester and Cosplay phenom who goes by Air Bubbles Cosplay (