President Trump's budget proposal should cut federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The money provided to arts organizations should be pumped into the economy by taxpayers who get to choose for themselves which market to support, writes John Ellis in PJ Media. Plus, the NEA has long benefitted the people who work for it more than the world of art itself. Ellis also claims that defunding the NEA would result in more talented artists overall, as theatres competing for viewers' dollars would try harder to find genuine talent.
Participating in the arts has been proven to help kids grow into more successful students, lifelong learners, higher earners and more fulfilled both personally and professionally, regardless of socioeconomic background. Not only do the arts promote collaboration and creativity, vital skills needed for everday life, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton write in CNN that they also drive urban renewal, promote tourism, and generate hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity annually. Arts programs have also improved health care environments.