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Art for Future Generations

byAmanda Davis,Marketing Associate VISTA

Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Art has always been the outlet that has helped me to express who I am.

The arts have always been a staple in my life. I always enjoyed the visits to art museums, loved being able skip out of art class with a finished creation, to participate in a one-act drama or just to have the chance to know that someone around me was creating.

The reason that I have decided to talk about what art means to me is because just recently Gov. Brownback of Kansas signed a bill cutting public funding for the arts in that state and becoming the first state to eliminate state arts funding and solely cause arts, within the state of Kansas, to be funded by privatized sectors and non-profits. Brownback also cut funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas now the only state in the nation without an arts agency. But what does this mean for others? Brownback believes that many states will follow in his direction and cut the arts funding in order to cut back on state spending. Many studies show that students with arts education in schools tend to do better in reading, writing and math than those students whose schools only focus on the academics.

Without art in my own life, I probably would have been quite a menacing child full of too much energy that I wouldn’t have known what to do. It is up to people today to try and keep these arts in our schools for all generations now and to come, no matter what state you live in. Something that we have to remember is that without art in the world, it would be very bland place to live.

Here at Theatre Action Project are keeping the arts alive by providing kids with theatre/art related summer camps, after-school sessions as well as teaching kids to express themselves through the arts. TAP is the largest provider of arts education in the Central Texas. I am so glad that I can work for an organization that believes so strongly in the arts. Art is a chance for expression, a motivation inducer and a love that everyone should have the chance to enjoy.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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