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

Jenny Durkan   Cary Moon
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
Dance  dance
Film  film
Creative Writing  creative writing
Photography  photography
Folk Arts
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
Encourage creativity 3 2
Create a sense of community 1 3
Advance understanding 1
Support civic engagement
Promote cultural heritage 2
Draw tourism
Attract a high quality workforce
Drive economic development
Complete a well-rounded education
How familiar are you with the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and its programs? Fairly knowledgeable Fairly knowledgeable
The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue, stimulate business activity, attract tourism revenue, and help businesses attract and retain a quality work force. Agree
The arts are an appropriate concern of state government and should be publicly funded. Strongly agree
Public art improves and enhances public spaces and should be publicly funded. Strongly agree
Basic education funding must include sufficient and equitable resources for all core subjects, including the arts. 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? Just today I went to ME/WE our future city to witness the powerful creativity of high school students producing multimedia artworks about the future of our city. The work was strong and compelling, confronting the many issues young people face in our world with clarity, compassion and a commitment to justice. Wow.