The Arts Need Help
Organized by: Cayla Crosby
EVENT DATE May 22, 2015
Why oppress the youth’s creativity, when you can help make it flourish. Schools across the country have cut art funding. Between 2006 and 2013, 84% of budgets for art class were cut. The budget across country for art education was cut 35 million dollars a few years ago, and that number is rising as you read this. Usually art classes are the first thing to be downsized when schools are tight for money. Many don’t see the value in the arts. 40% of secondary schools don’t even require an art credit to graduate. People of all ages, not just students need some kind of art in their lives.
For younger children, art helps develop important motor skills, decision making, visual learning, and cultural awareness. The list could go on and on. In kids, they can connect what they learn if teachers fortify the subjects with a form of art. In teens, they learn to express themselves through art. Or even learn to solve problems. There has been so many different studies to back up the idea of art helping students score higher in standardized tests.
When I was in high school, my first three years were my required classes, all academics. I struggled to focus when switching from English to science to math. My brain would be exhausted. My last year, I took my first art class. Right after English, and before math. Perfect. Art was my chance to take a breather and relax. Within two art classes, I had joined art club and became a leader. It gave me an outlet. Something to be proud of. My art teacher gave me a chance to care about something.
It is hard to change the whole countries view on art in schools. I hope that this gives ideas to people like me, to raise money for your local art club, or maybe just some kind of art program. I know that the art club at my former high school is severely lacking in funds. They are currently building a set for the theater department. They have no funds to support this project. I propose that we hold a fundraiser at my local crafts fair. Art club members are also learning how to make removable glitter tattoos and flower headbands, we could sell those as well to help buy supplies. But we can’t do this alone. We need your help. Maybe others could do something like this to help out in their community. We need more art in our schools and community.