Arts funding enriches our lives

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Monday, June 4, 2012
This is among commentaries submitted to The Gazette from students at Janesville’s Craig and Parker high schools who did field studies in either Washington, D.C., or Madison in Advanced Placement U.S. government courses taught by Joe Van Rooy.

The arts are an important aspect of human culture and should be supported through federal funding.

Arts funding has been severely cut to help the economy, but one thing that most people don’t understand is that federal funding is only supplying 5 percent of all the funding raised for the arts. By cutting that 5 percent, the economy isn’t going to heal itself rapidly, so why cut the arts?

Mike Wilkenson, a professor from American University in Washington, D.C., mentioned that “We are the only country in the world to ask this question,” referring to the decrease and lack of funding to the arts.

Studies have been done and prove that students increase their learning capabilities with different forms of teaching such as visual or music lessons. Have you ever learned a topic using a slideshow, or have you learned the order of the alphabet without singing the song?

According to Darrell M. Ayers, vice president of education at the Kennedy Center, “A teacher is supposed to be a guide with encouragement, not a fact monster.”

With the arts, the situation is no different and should be supported. Most government officials have said that federal funding for the arts is going to continue to be cut, but if we keep doing that, we are also cutting a part of our culture, the humane part of our lives.

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