Increase Funding for Public School Arts Programs

Target: Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education

Goal: Increase funding for art and music programs in public schools nationwide.

Our technology driven generation has decreased focus on art programs in public schools in favor of a more science and mathematics driven curriculum, with funding for general art and music classes growing increasingly paltry in comparison to their subject counterparts. By cutting creative class budgets, we are, as a result, cutting our students self-esteem, success potential, and motivation for attendance. Art and music programs must be reconsidered as a vital aspect of a well-rounded education for our K-12 public school students in order to promote a healthy creative outlet for all young people and provide opportunities to succeed for students that may not otherwise excel in less subjective school subjects.

Art and music education has been proven to be a positive force socially and mentally for children and teens; this outlet has the ability to keep youth out of criminal activity and has soothing properties for those suffering from depression and other mental struggles that are common in young people. It has also been proven that the cutting of these programs actually increases spending in the areas of security and behavioral adjustment. In addition, because art and music is so universally communicative, the funding of these programs equips students with a global understanding and unique relevance in society.

If the success and well being of our students is such a priority in the United States, we must reinstate substantial funding for general art and music classes and provide students with every possible opportunity to be successful, not merely in the traditional capitalistic sense with technology and scientific development at the forefront.

By signing this petition, you will be aiding the case for public school funding and urge the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to better understand the sheer vitality of creative programs in schools for a healthy mental attitude and broader future potential for our students.


Dear United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,

Funding for art and music programs in our public schools has been on a steady decline over the last few years. Despite necessary budget cuts due to the recession, these creative programs are vital to the emotional development and eventual success of current K-12 students. This area of education should not suffer in favor of more science and math related classes.

Art and music programs have proven to be a healthy outlet for children and are necessary to promote attendance, healthy mental attitude, positive self-esteem, and prevention of gang and other criminal activities. Students should be afforded the opportunity to become successful where they may not otherwise excel at less subjective math and science driven curriculums; creative learning programs provide these vital opportunities.

I strongly urge that you reassess the current education budget to reflect the importance of substantial art and music programs in our public schools.


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  1. More arts and more focus on truth and beauty means less violence for kids who want and need to be creative and productive.

  2. i wish we had more signatures as of now we only have 44

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