Budget Cuts on Art classes

Budget Cuts on Art classes

Destynee Haskins

Recently, schools have been needing to cut some funds out of the art classes to be able to fund other classes. During the years of 2000 to 2010, the percentage of schools offering dance classes went from 20% to 3%, and the percent of schools offering theatre classes went from 20% to 4%; you may not think so, but these types of classes are vital to schools. Studies have shown that students who take classes involving any types of art, whether that is acting, dancing, or art in general, have had much better grades than those who have not. Art classes give students motivation to continue their education. If these classes lose funding, many people will lose motivation to go to school, and eventually, the old way of expressing art will be lost. Art is an essential part of many people’s lives, and in a way, it is essential to many cultures as well. Not only does art help teenagers, but it has been proven to help elementary schoolers as well. The arts help students develop their motor skills, which are needed to help develop the skills of using scissors, pencils, and paintbrushes. 

I interviewed an art student at our school and here is what they had to say about the budget cuts, “I think that the cuts on the art classes is a very poor choice. While I am partially biased because I see art as a future career, I do not think it is a wise decision. While whatever the reason they would cut the art programs, I think that it makes it harder for students to expand their creative knowledge. And by taking that away, they close a lot of doors to people who find that as a possible job choice. Art isn’t just paper and pencil, it’s fashion, logo design, architecture. But it all stems from creativity. More jobs are opening in our world that need those types of people, and cutting off the starting point is gonna take that possible career away for a lot of people who can’t afford to do it on their own.

I also interviewed the local art teacher, Mrs. Bedford, and here is her opinion on budget cuts in the art department, “I think that if Art classes were cut from the school, there would be a tremendous loss to the availability of students to develop their personal expression, and also a loss to opportunities to prepare them for critical thinking and practice creative thinking.  Art classes are considered a haven for many students, and the highlight of their school day.  Some say it’s the only reason they come to school.  Studies have shown creativity is very important, and students enrolled in Art courses outperformed students not enrolled in the arts by 91 points on the SAT.  It’s also incredibly important to provide rich Arts programs for students in our area because of our limited access to galleries, museums, and institutions.” 

After interviewing two people interested in art, I figured I should see what people not interested in art think about the budget cuts. I interviewed someone who does not have any interest in art, and here is what they had to say “If art classes were cut completely I think that we would be doing a great disservice to many of our students who may be interested in careers that involve an appreciation of art, and skills in the art arena. Art is important to any school curriculum. Any high school should provide a wide range of experiences for its student population. All of us are unique in many ways. Who is to say that one discipline is more important to another. Now, if students are not signing up for art classes then the school cannot justify having sections of art classes that are not well attended. Some specific classes may have to be offered every other year or something like that in order to offer them at all.” Art is very important in modern society and without a way for children to find their creative roots at a young age, this may cause a lot of creativity to be lost. Things such as art museums would slowly die out because less people would be interested in art, they would lose funding, and art pieces in general. 

“Earth without art is just eh” -Demetri Martin