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Started: 9/27/2018 Category: Economics
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As Aristotle once said, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. " While things like logic and science educate our minds and teach us to think, There is one educational value that they don"t bring to the table and that is education for the heart. Art, On the other hand does educate the heart by giving the viewer feeling and emotion. It is an effective way to integrate emotion into education. A number of school systems can"t afford to fund art history as a stand alone course, Thus, It is up to museums to provide that sort of educational experience. Unfortunately, Many people simply do not have the financial ability to attend these museums because of the admission cost. They do not have the privilege to see and experience art because of finances. Their education for the heart is very limited. Because of this I am for the resolution, All art museums should have free admission.

Observation 1: Definitions

Free: Without cost or payment

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, Typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, Producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Admission: the process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, Organization, Or institution.

Museum: a building in which objects of historical, Scientific, Artistic, Or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.

Source: Dictionary. Com

Observation 2: Harms

Harm 1: Admission fees cause art museum attendance to reduce dramatically.

Support: Price is one of the biggest barriers to people attending museums. For example, If a family of six wanted to have a fun peaceful outing at an art museum and the admission fee was 18 dollars a person, It is going to cost them $100 and they might decide to go to a $42 movie instead. However, If we decided to make art museums free to attend, Most families would choose something free and educational rather than more screen time. Many museums that have altered their admission prices to make them free have experienced a substantial increase in their attendance. For example, When the Dallas Museum of Art put an end to their $10 admission fee, Their total annual attendance skyrocketed from 498, 000 visitors per year, To 668, 000 visitors per year. In addition, The museum experienced a 29% increase in their minority visitors. This isn"t the only museum that has had success with free admissions however. The Victoria and Albert Museum had a 113% increase in attendance when they made their art museum free. Finally, Several art galleries that eliminated their admission fees received a total of 6 million more visits than the year they had admission fees. This justs shows to prove that because a lot of families have financial issues, Free education in the form of art is very attractive to them. In spite of this, Art museums that are free to get into receive a lot more attendance than those that do have admission fees.

Source 1: www. Independent. Co
Source 2: www. Citylab. Com

Harm 2: Putting high costs on admission fees excludes members of the lower class to exposure to creative art.

Support: In our society, We have countless people that are talented and gifted in creativity. You will find some of these creative geniuses in the lowest class of our society. These people in particular do not have the financial stability to pay $75 every time their family visits an art museum or even once. In spite of this, These gifted people in the field of art are not obtaining proper exposure to art to inspire their gift. You see, All artists have an inspiration of some sort that urges them to go after their dream. That"s the beginning of where all creative artistry comes from. They are inspired by others works of art, And thus, They decide that that is what they want to imitate. From there, Their talent and natural gift in art does the rest. Some of our most well known artists were inspired themselves by works of art that came before them. For example, Did you know that Van Gogh only began using vibrant colors after exposure to other famous artists such as Gauguin, Monet, And Bernard? This ultimately resulted in one of this most famous paintings titled "The Sunflower" in which he used brighter, Vibrant colors in his art. One must wonder if this painting would have ever existed without the exposure of Monet, Gauguin, And Bernard. Are we as a society neglecting our own "Van Gogh"s" because we did not allow art to be accessible to them because of something as simple as admission fees? Is it possible that we are missing out on some of the greatest art the world has to offer? By putting unaffordable admission prices on art museums, You are shutting down the chance for countless people from the lower class to become what they are meant to be.

Source: www. Artble. Com

Harm 3: Limiting access to art education will result in lower SAT scores and less academic achievement.

Support: Studies have found that exposure to art is directly correlated to positive child development, And higher SAT verbal and math scores. According to Catterall"s findings, Participation in art activities is an unusual, Yet accurate predictor of academic achievement and community involvement. Students with lower economic standing that gained art experience reaped the benefits of better grades, Employment, And even college attendance. If these students were just able to gain some exposure to art, The success rates in academic success, SAT scores, And employment will skyrocket.

Source: thehill. Com

Observation 3: Plan

Mandates: The US will pass a law saying all art museums will have free admission
Agency: The government
Funding: Studies have shown that funding art museums through donations has proved a good, Reliable source of income. For example, The California Museum of Art received a total of 321 large donations totalling millions and millions of dollars. From this example, It is indubitably clear that because of the generosity of people, Art museums will have more than enough money to support themselves. After all, Because of the fact that admission fees only account for an average of between 2 and 4 percent of the museum"s overall income, Raising enough money through donations to cover that will not be an issue at all.
Enforcement: Supreme Court

Observation 4: Advantages

Advantage 1: Art Museum attendance will skyrocket
Support: If art museum admission is free, The public will be encouraged to attend them. No one, Especially members from the lower class, Will have to worry about finance issues, And they would get the exposure to art education that they need. Everyone in our society should have an equal opportunity to have art education, And achieve academic excellence, Even if they aren"t the richest.
Source: www. Citylab. Com

Advantage 2: No special talents will be missed
Support: By granting everyone free access to art museums, You are ensuring that everyone, Rich or poor, Has an equal opportunity to be properly educated in terms of art. If someone, Especially from the lower class, Has the special talent of creativity, Art museums are the perfect way to make sure that it is discovered. Inspiration in art is all it takes for someone to uncover that special talent.

Advantage 3: Success rates on the SAT and academic achievement will go up
Support: Because many schools do not offer art as a class, Art museums are the perfect way to ensure that all students receive the proper art education they need to succeed academically. Exposure to art increases SAT scores, Improves community involvement, And greatly improves motivation to learn. Our society would be a completely different place if everyone had proper art education. Something as simple as art museum admission fees is the only thing keeping this dream from becoming a reality.

Conclusion: In conclusion, I am for the resolution, All art museums should have free admission.


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Posted by Masterful 3 years ago
Wouldn't that potentially decrease the quality of art the museum holds?
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