July 15, 2011

If the arts are so important to economic development why is arts education on the school budget chopping block?

Amy Matthews, a writer for the Pueblo Chieftain, has written about a conundrum communities and school districts face nationwide. The following is an excerpt from her piece published earlier this week:
Here's another reality: Our school districts must cut, cut, cut. What typically rises to the top of the chopping list? Arts programs.


We could be headed for quite a conundrum. If the arts, as many hope, become increasingly important to Pueblo's economic development, in just another decade or two we could be faced with a generation that has little concept of them. In that situation, it's difficult to imagine how the torch would stay lit.
Read the rest of Matthew's article here.