The Invaluable Arts

When the current administration proposed its budget for the coming year last spring, it showed a dramatic decrease in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for performance, fine arts, and creative endeavors are down in schools nationwide and it seems like the only way American children can be guaranteed a solid background in a creative field before college is through private tutoring.

Why is this? The United States is a country that reveres its artists, whether they be writers, actors, musicians, painters, or any other form. However, more and more children are making less and consuming more, thanks to handheld computer devices that capture their attention and turn them passive instead of participatory.

This is a real problem, because while not every child is going to be a Picasso, taking artistic classes from a young age helps children develop essential skills. Music helps with math, visual arts with writing, drawing with motor skills. Most of all, children who receive arts education are more likely to build a strong community sense in their schools, more likely go to college, more likely to be healthier and happier in later life.

Arts education creates more engaged, more vibrant, and more curious children of us all. It’s an essential part of any child’s education, and any effort to defund it should be fought, Children who miss out on it may not even know what they’ve lost, which is the opportunity to be a well-rounded and more creative adult who engages in order to succeed.