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  • It's vital to our identity, history, self esteem, sense of belonging and for peace in general.

    Art is a fundamental need. There is no civilization or tribe in human existence that pragmatically decided that art was a frivolous waste of time. In our era, time is money. Therefore, to continue along living in alignment with one of the purposes of existence, the arts must be funded to provide artists with time. Any argument against the arts is one rooted in the arrogance of separation, articulated in scientific terms as the Cartesian divide, and often comes along with a lot of "shoulds" as is evident the Ayn Rand's emphatic works.

  • Of course it should.

    The arts should be publicly funded so they stay a part of children's lives. Having arts in public schools has proven to create more curious, well-rounded students. Who I feel need a creative outlet, especially throughout their teen years. Art does nothing to hurt, and everything to help the public so I think it should be publicly funded.

  • Of course it should.

    The arts should be publicly funded so they stay a part of children's lives. Having arts in public schools has proven to create more curious, well-rounded students. Who I feel need a creative outlet, especially throughout their teen years. Art does nothing to hurt, and everything to help the public so I think it should be publicly funded.

  • Keeps kids out of trouble

    Children enjoy art, music, theatre, dance, painting, and many other art related activities. It helps keep kids out of trouble and in school. It provides a way for them to express themselves and become more productive members of society. Public funds help to make this a reality and also help children discover what they are interested in.

  • Keeps kids out of trouble

    Children enjoy art, music, theatre, dance, painting, and many other art related activities. It helps keep kids out of trouble and in school. It provides a way for them to express themselves and become more productive members of society. Public funds help to make this a reality and also help children discover what they are interested in.

  • Many benefits are tied to the arts

    The arts are tied to many educational benefits. The NEA released a study stating “students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement...” If the arts are funded then Americas GPA may be largely improved.

  • Everyone Benefits From Arts

    I believe if you refer back to the Renaissance, one of the most influential art history eras, you will notice that there was a plethora of public funding for the pieces of art we so dearly love from that time frame. I believe funding arts, especially publicly, is one of the only ways to pay for large pieces of art work and they tend to benefit a large number of people for years to come.

  • Arts should be publicly funded.

    I have no problem paying taxes to support the arts, especially if the arts can be seen in public. I like beauty! I prefer this over spending my taxes on imprisoning millions of people are blowing up brown people in areas of the world we aren't even at war with.

  • Art should be publicly funded.

    Art is for the public! We go to museums, and art shows to see various programs. Paintings, sculptures, figures, and even singing or playing an instrument is considered art. Art is part of our culture as well as a universal language. Without it we would be bland and boring. We should continue to fund our art.

  • Oh absolutely. Art is probably the most important aspect of humanity.

    We should be privately, and publicly funding the crap out of Art. In schools, in universities, and in private events. encouraging artistic inspiration and creativity is what helps us develop as humans, and express that very humanity in so many, so many ways. Without art, we are simply vessels without an outlet, waiting to burst. Art is an outlet that takes what could be seen as negative energy and funnels it into something that can be seen as beautiful. Who wouldn't want to fund that?

  • Not in a Free Society

    "The fundamental evil of government grants is the fact that men are forced to pay for the support of ideas diametrically opposed to their own. This is a profound violation of an individual’s integrity and conscience. It is viciously wrong to take the money of rational men for the support of B.F. Skinner—or vice versa. The Constitution forbids a governmental establishment of religion, properly regarding it as a violation of individual rights. Since a man’s beliefs are protected from the intrusion of force, the same principle should protect his reasoned convictions and forbid governmental establishments in the field of thought." -Ayn Rand

  • What is the duty of government spending?

    We expect in our society that the government is responsible to provide us with certain services such as education and healthcare for our benefit via taxation. This means that the government is under a duty to ensure that they spend money productively which provides a clear benefit to society. It is not the government's duty to be concerned with the interests and hobbies of its citizens because they vary so differently and the government cannot be expected to cater to the hobbies of everyone. A person's interest should be a private affair and if they want to explore their interests they should expect to pay for it themselves as they get the benefit themselves. If we publicly fund the arts we effectively take money from people who dont have an active interest in art for the benefit of those who do. Government spending should be focused on objectively beneficial policies that benefits all not on policies which only provides a mere past time to a minority of people.

  • Of course it should.

    The arts should be publicly funded so they stay a part of children's lives. Having arts in public schools has proven to create more curious, well-rounded students. Who I feel need a creative outlet, especially throughout their teen years. Art does nothing to hurt, and everything to help the public so I think it should be publicly funded.

  • Ask not what your country can do for art...Ask what art can do for your country.

    In the USA the National Endowment for the Arts was originally set up to commission and procure art for the purpose of decorating public buildings and for monuments, such as war memorials. Such art does have a place in public life, but our government has a responsibility to spend taxpayer funds responsibly. Such works ought to be appropriate both in cost and in broad appeal to the voting public. I don't know how the NEA became a welfare program for the mentally ill, a mouthpiece for alternative lifestyles, or a trade organization to represent the academic elites of the art world, but it should be reigned in and restored to its original function.

    Ideally a fund should not even be needed. Patriotic Americans should be donating art to where it is needed, or raising funds from donors to create our memorials and monuments.

  • Opposition to public art funding

    Public art not only provokes controversy, but also allows opportunity for government censorship and upset taxpayers. In the end, if you remove taxpayer funding for public art, the art will continue to thrive. Art can and does thrive without the support of government, and these days, artists have many more means of finding audiences to support their work.

  • Welfare for whom?

    I am not speaking of art in public educational and therapeutic programs; I speak of the funding of public art, individual artists, and art centers. Art doesn't benefit everybody (unlike fire departments, utilities, etc), is highly subjective, and tends to be exclusive when institutionalized. If it can't support itself, then...

  • Arts should not be publicly funded

    The world nowadays is shifting to the use and recognition of technology. Even though arts do add some spice to our world, more people are crazed over buying the latest iPhone, than seeing a Picasso picture. For the people that do love art, only they should fund it. Why should one support something that they don't really like. Arts has a very minimal role in today's society, and should not be funded by methods forced on to the American people. FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!


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