Support through The National Endowment for the Arts


The arts should be supported through the National Endowment
for the Arts. Artists should be allowed the freedom to produce
whatever form of art they please. However, the taxpayer\'s money
should not go towards art that is patently offensive to the
general public. The National Endowment for the Arts is very
beneficial in encouraging the development of the arts. The
National Endowment for the Arts stimulates growth, as well as
increasing access to the arts. Art is important to us in
education. It encourages development of America\'s artists,
scholars, and historians. Art maintains a cultural history.
It displays our differences, viewpoints, and values as a nation
or society. The arts belong to the people of the United States,
and we deserve increased access to the arts. This is exactly
what the National Endowment for the arts accomplishes.
Just as anyone has the right to view what they please, the
artist has the right to express his or her creativity, feelings,
thoughts, and perception in any artistic form they please. No
subject matter is forbidden. We should support free speech not
suppress it. This can however, be taken to extremes.
A selection of art can be deemed as offensive to the general
public. This does not mean that restrictions should be placed
on it preventing people from viewing it. The taxpayers money
should not go towards the presentation of such works. A large
percentage of funding of the arts comes from private giving. If
a minority group wishes to view such art, they should have to
support it themselves. In cases such as the Maple Thorpe
exhibits, it seems to be self supportive. It is hard to justify
spending tax dollars on something that is going to offend those
who put out the money. Tax dollars are to benefit the public,
not to provide for individual tastes, especially those that are
offensive to the general public.
Supporting the arts through the National Endowment for the
Arts is beneficial to society as a whole. Through the National
Endowment for the Arts our accessibility to productions and
projects is increased. Viewing of "offensive" art should not be
restricted. However it should have to be supported by those who
do not agree with such works of art.