I am an annoying theatre kid. There, I said it, and it is the truth. However, I feel that I have a reason to be annoyed. So this rant may not resonate with my peers who are into sports or science or other subjects. Regardless, it must be said. The lack of funding for the arts in high school is outrageous, cretinous, and utterly laughable. As an artsy kid, I’ve experienced firsthand the struggle to get funds as new smartboards appeared in the school every week.
My peers have experienced being forced to pay for their own supplies, such as brushes, paints, costumes, and more. Whereas the basketball team receives new balls every year. The fact of the matter is that the first area where funding is cut in public high schools is the arts. Whether it is visual arts, performing arts, literature, or many more, they are often deemed trivial. However, the arts continue to help students foster creativity and express themselves in a variety of different ways.
Those who excel in the arts and lag in other areas such as sports or academics are considered inadequate, and it is believed that they cannot do anything with their talent. Yet there are so many doors unopened to fields relating to the arts. But this is rarely discussed in schools as it is percieved as “unattainable”, as opposed to fostering a community where students can let their passions grow.
Even if a student does not want to go further with this curricular, to have it slowly deteriorate in front of them is simply ignominious. I may be just another artsy kid, but I’m not the only one fed up with this system.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 08 on January 29th, 2020