Funding for the Arts may not seem of major importance to some people. They may see something else that needs funding over it ...which is fine, everyone has an opinion. However the Arts NEEDS to be funded. Why? Why do I feel so strongly on this?
I'll tell you. Step into my office.
In school some kids may not be the best in academics but they have an interest in creating something with their hands. If the Arts are poorly funded, these children who have that interest in creating things won't get their fair share. Doesn't everyone deserve this especially when they are still growing and learning to see what they like and are good at?
One semester when I was in college, I helped out in an Art class at an elementary school to see if that was a possible career move for me. Now not all the kids were excited to be in Art but some were, as most classes go. You can see that some were really, truly excited to be there. It's like a creative break in the day! Not everyone learns by reading a book. Some need that visual stand point. I remember one boy who could draw characters from memory and it was if not exact ...it was pretty close! There is amazing talent like this out there. WIthout a decently funding Arts program, that'll be hard to find.
Not funding for the Arts means that peoples jobs are at risk!
Especially in this economy.
I read this amazing article last week about how art has helped with Alzheimer's and Dementia. The article tells us that art can help trigger emotions or memories, as well as concentration. Check out the article here; http://www.salon.com/2012/09/25/why_art_is_good_for_alzheimers_patients/?fb_action_ids=10151206755487249&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
Next time you're hearing about something Arts related that may get cut ...think about all this.
What if someone cut off your most favorite thing in the world? How would you feel?