Some people say the government should not put money in the Arts, such as music,
opera and paintings, but instead should spend money on construction of public facilities.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
The Arts have been playing an indispensable part of our lives as it brings people joy and cherish their creativity. While many people feel Government money spent on art is wasted and should be shifted to construction of public facilities, I hold the belief that the Government has a duty to make music, paintings, and other arts available for citizens.
To begin with, the Governments should give top priority to public services and facilities. More specifically, the authority plays a leading role among citizens in keeping social security and stablity. Simultaneously, public facilities such as schools, hospitals or transportation can meet the whole public’s basic demand of survival, security and knowledge, thus breeding a sense of contentment, which, even better, can lower the crime rate.
However, the necessity of injecting money to arts derives from its function and mental development. Firstly, arts nurture and trigger a sense of creativity in both artists and spectators. That is to say, appreciating a piece of music evokes audiences’ inner feelings, brings more flavors and the diversity to their soul, igniting eagerness and letting their imagination soar to new heights. Moreover, the fact that the world of art seems to be known no restrictions bestows upon artists a chance of going beyond barely facts of life to convey deeply hidden aspiration of human-being. Secondly, intangible cultural heritages like traditional music, calligraphy which represents the beauty of each country’s spiritual life and distinguishes one from another are on very brink of extinction. The will and funding, therefore, are in dire need if we want to revitalize these cultural essences and pass it to future generations.
Although Governments have many urgent demands on their budgets, they also are responsible for providing art for their citizens. What is in great of importance is that visionaries need to balance their needs carefully before spending large sums of money on arts.