Arts deserve as much funding as sports

DEAR EDITOR:

It is encouraging to see the interest and enthusiasm in support of the arts as evidenced by the thousands who attended the Aug. 13 concert featuring Yo Yo Ma. Hopefully, the concert will indeed stimulate continued interest and support for the arts including music.

Research confirms the value of art and music education. Among the skills improved by such education — the development of language, spatial-temporal and motor skills, visual learning, decision making, inventiveness, cultural awareness and improved test scores and academic achievement. These are only a few of the contributions art and music education provide.

In our area, it seems sports are the focus of local school systems including universities. More money and publicity appear to be allocated to promote sports versus art and music.

A sign of the commitment to the promotion of the arts will be when the arts, including music, get as much financial support and publicity as sports, especially football.

SANDRA W. FOSTER

Cortland

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