Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced his plans to completely cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts — to say that I was angry would be a bit of an understatement. This funding takes up a whole 0.004% of the national budget, and the president is planning on taking that money and funneling it towards the military, which currently accounts for about 16% of the budget. By just quickly skimming through this blog, you can tell that the arts are something that I hold very dear to my heart: it is of the utmost importance that we do everything in our power to prevent the opportunities that the arts bring from being taken away from our children.
This money goes towards music and arts programs in communities that otherwise may not be able to afford them, and these programs help keep kids in school and do better in school in general. It teaches them a variety of skills that they are able to apply to various aspects of life, and it will give them positive memories to last their entire lives. This kind of education is proven to benefit children of all ages and all backgrounds on so many different levels, in a way that other aspects of school cannot: why would we take this away from kids? It helps better educate the next generation, and that benefits our society as a whole.
Trump doesn’t just want to diminish the funds for the arts — he wants to cut the programs entirely. The benefits totally outweigh the costs, and even then, the costs really are not that much compared to all of our other costs. Do we really need to take away instruments and instruction from children in order to build even more weapons? Please help in protecting these programs; we must write to our representatives in Congress (especially since there is bipartisan agreement to its importance) and we need to keep promoting the benefits of music education and the arts. There is a foreboding silence on the horizon, in a potential future where the arts are defunded and children’s talents and creativity are banished — we must prevent this quiet from taking over.