April 2, 2018
Should the arts be invested by the government?
The government faces a number of wicked issues every day: How to improve people’s quality of life? How to drive economic development? How to strengthen the influence of our country? In this environment, many people claim that it’s wasteful to spend taxpayers’ money on the arts when so many other critical needs are pressing. However, in terms of both the value of the arts itself and the economic benefits it brings, the arts should be invested by the government.
The arts are like magic potions that can facilitate healing and contribute to well-being of people’s life. (Analogy Similes) It can not only reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, but it also improves the function of the body’s immune system. A report, for example, showed that anxiety in cancer patients can be effectively reduced through musical interventions. Prof. Levitin explained that “‘We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics. But even more importantly, we were able to document the neurochemical mechanisms by which music has an effect in four domains: management of mood,stress,immunity and as an aid to social bonding.'”(MEDICALNEWSTODAY Editors) (illustrative example) Besides, music can produce an antibody in the human immune system, which has a crucial role in the health of human body. (Facts) Accordingly, I deem that if we combine the arts with general care, it will be a very effective means of coping the health concerns. In short, the arts itself can benefit both physical and mental health as an effective healing tool, so it deserves to be subsidized by the government.
The arts play an important role in the country’s economy. Arts-related industries, also known as “creative industries”, bring economic benefits to the country directly: they create a great deal of labor, and then generate a large amount of tax for the government. The number of creative industries is increasing with their growing competitiveness in the marketplace, so they create more jobs for society. Also, people employed in these jobs work in a wide variety of roles, including designers, artists, teachers, architects and directors. Furthermore, these jobs will bring a lot of income to people and help them live a better life, while its contribution to the economy of the whole country cannot be neglected. For example, “in North Carolina, the wages and income of workers employed by creative industries infused $3.9 billion into the state’s economy in 2006” (NGA Center Editors). (illustrative example) Hence, the arts have the potential to bring numerous economic benefits to the country by providing creative occupations and generating tax revenues. On the whole, investing in the arts is an extremely sensible decision because the government can reap plenty of economic benefits from it.
Another way in which the arts stimulate the economy: it attracts tourism revenues. People are better off today as a result of economic development, so the number of travelers is rising. It is noteworthy that the arts play a vital role in the tourism. For most visitors, specific arts or cultural or heritage activities will greatly influence their choice of destination. In addition, cultural tourism and the interest in culture among travelers is on the rise. These cultural travelers typically spend more and stay longer than other types of travelers. In the US, for example, “The U.S. cultural traveler spends 60 percent more, approximately $1,319 per trip compared with $820 for domestic leisure travelers. The cultural traveler also takes more trips than general U.S. travelers: 3.6 vs. 3.4 trips annually”(Americans for the Arts Editors). (illustrative example) (Statistics) All in all, the status of the arts in the tourism is worthy to be affirmed, so the government should pour money into the arts to help the tourism make more benefits, and thus promote the country’s economy.
Now, I’m sure that if someone ask, “should the government invest in the arts?” Many will answer, “Yes.” Since we can see that the arts can bring a number of benefits to society: first of all, it has a positive effect on human health. Second, it can provide employment opportunities and attract tourism benefits to boost the economy. Of course, these advantages can also help the government solve the problems they face every day. To sum up, the government should invest in the arts.
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John Thomasian. “Arts and the Economy.” www.nga.org. Web. 25 Mar. 2018.
Cheryl Hargrove. “2014 National Cultural Districts Exchange.” americansforthearts.org. Web. 25 Mar. 2018.