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Arts and the Economy, II

Posted on: November 26, 2008

Arts should be the last thing cut in a bad economy. That is what I firmly believe and my last post was centered on one reason I believe that.

Here’s another. In hard times, there is little spare money for recreation, yet everyone will need the renewal of spirit that comes with recreation more than ever. Being the audience for an art is fine, but what works even better is participating, because participating involves self expression. Such participation and self-expression puts a part of your life within your control when so many aspects of your life seem to be beyond your control. It can even bring income which is not dependent on being hired. When it doesn’t provide income, it can provide badly needed things you can’t afford to buy. When no one has money, arts skills are barterable.

It all comes down to this: The arts are at the heart of well-being.

Don’t believe me? Consider the following links:

http://www.scottisharts.org.uk/1/latestnews/1004871.aspx

http://www.ccd.net/about/health.html

You can even get a degree in it:

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/art-design/art-health.html

http://www.ccn.ac.uk/ccn3/general/coursedetails.asp?id=2937

If I were just a little younger, I’d consider it.

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