Our illustrious leader has sent a budget to congress with the idea that we can no longer fund a program without concrete evidence of its effectiveness. Putting aside the reality that many of the programs he plans to cut impact large segments of our population, while requiring less money per person than if the resources were not pulled together by the government, there is the fact that the results of these programs can not easily be distilled down to profit/loss statements. Also, put aside that the so-called savings will be offset by increased military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy. Well one of the programs to be cut is the Endowment for the Arts.
I find it laughable that the President and the people he has surrounded himself with are so clueless as to the amount the arts affect the world around them and us. Do you have an Iphone, twitter account, or television? Well all of these are influenced by the arts. The screens on your Iphone and the layout of Twitter were all designed by graphic artists who may have gotten support or been influenced by someone whom got support from the Endowment for the Arts. Graphic Artists design how our cars, computers, and appliances look. They give your favorite websites the style that catches your eyes.
Musicians make the music for your TV shows and Movies, making them more entertaining and life more enjoyable. They play the songs writers create or create them themselves. The commercials our economy depends upon feature music from all walks of life to connect with customers on an emotional level, including ads for political candidates. Writers come up with the stories that become the movies we can’t wait to see. They also write the commercials that help businesses survive, as well as the manuals that help their customers use their products. Writers even come up with the lines in political ads.
Wow, there sure seems to be a strong case here for the benefits of the arts. Without all the things creative people do for business, our economy would be much weaker than it is. Hell, the Iphone’s ability to stream live music and television is a major selling point and they seem to constantly be trying to improve those abilities. What would be the point of that without the arts? The days of the public being wowed by watching a train arrive at a station, one of the first examples of motion pictures, are long gone. Providing content solely by what we observe is in the past; now the public demands more and you can’t get that without art. So, does funding the arts have an impact? Hell yeah, if you aren’t stupid or greedy.