Budget Cuts: Let's Support the Arts in Schools

US history has proven that budget cuts and economic hardships are an ongoing part of our country's past times. Luckily, U.S. history has also proven that budget cuts and economic hardships cycle back into more stable times.
Unfortunately, 2008-2009 will be recorded in US history as a time of economic hardships. Although these hardships directly affect everyone in some manner we need to keep an eye on our future generations and protect them from the backlash of this economic epidemic by protecting their education.
Schools around the nation are receiving the devastating news of the new budget cuts for 2009 ranging from $125-$130 million dollars.
Most schools will see cut backs in all departments but a past time trend that was hoped to be overruled is now coming back into play - eliminating the arts. In the 1970's the arts, from theatre to fine arts to music was seen as an "extra expense" to most public schools and when times got hard these programs got cut. As research and studies developed on the importance of art education the elimination of these programs became an error of the past and schools began to make the arts a necessary part of their well-rounded educational program.
In a WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council) article written by Ryan Hurley, June 25, 2004, Martin Rayala PHD stated that studies showed that schools who cut arts programs end up within the next three years spending more money on education. Plus, students test scores in other areas went down because of these budget cuts.
The 2009 budget cuts in schools will dramatically affect the arts in public schools therefore we need to help and support the arts. A majority of the funding for the arts programs in schools comes from non-profit organizations that donate supplies and grants to schools, by supporting these organizations you can help keep the arts in public schools. Such organizations include the American’Äôs for the Arts, The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, The Colorado Council on the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Your local legislator office also holds important information in regards to schools budgets and funding programs for your school district.
Through your support for the arts we can bypass any unnecessary cuts that in the long run will cost us less money and allow schools to provide a bright and creative future the next generation.
David Burgess, Principal, Ward Elementary: "Art isn't just a part of education; it is at the heart of what matters most in an educated person's life."
Janessa and Jessica are board members of a non-profit organization, Real Kids Corporation which provides art programs to under-privileged families as well as offering community projects. We are beginning to create programs in the Parker area. Real Kids Corp. will work with other non-profits such as Youth for Parker. Real Kids Corporation is in need of donations for art supplies. Art is for everyone of all ages---Support the art programs in you neighborhood!