“The government should not offer financial support the arts.” How can we talk about this statement?  What is the government?  What government are we talking about?  How are people’s individual creative endeavors rewarded?  Where does the money come from?  Who supports artists?  Is everyone some kind of artist, or are some people more creative than others?  What have you read about this debate?  Why do people argue about this topic?  How does the government spend or save money in a fair way or manner?  Can you site examples, data, or statistical information to contribute to this on-line class forum? Let’s really try to understand who our audience is and why they may be or not be invested in this topic.

Art has existed as long as the human race. It has been part of the growth and development of human kind. It therefore means that when governments were formed they also supported art. Just like in other areas of public spending, state and jurisdictional art agencies support more than 10,000 projects in schools and individual artists. All the 56 states have maintained commitment to the arts in the last five decades. In the same way, the school administrations continue to support art because not all the students are good in sciences. Supporting art means developing talent. One of my friends is an artist. He is able to express his imaginative thought and technical skills through art. Arts needs to be supported because besides their inherent value to society, it is an economic driver, civic catalyst, fosters health and wellness, and an educational asset.