It is our position that the arts enhance learning. Unfortunately, arts-related programs such as music, foreign language, visual arts and library services are the first to be cut by school systems when balancing budgets. Children must be given the ability to express themselves in creative ways beyond merely being prepared for standardized testing.
It is scientifically proven that the arts provide healing powers to the sick. The arts provide a much needed escape, a sense of adventure and tranquility so useful in navigating this fast-paced, technically-focused world. There is an innate reason why babies are mesmerized by the sounds of a lullaby and toddlers are gleeful just beating pots and pans with a wooden spoon.
Thank heavens for philanthropists and organizations that fund the arts, though the arts are not just a playground for the rich. Many arts venues have community days in which they offer free or reduced admission rates. The arts are a part of our daily lives whether watching a TV program, listening to the radio or doodling on a notepad. Dance in your living room. Sing in the shower or on the street if you dare. Life may not always be a Gershwin tune, but wouldn’t it be fun to try?