California Schools Are Forced To Cut Budgets Across The Board
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced as early as June, 2010, that survey results regarding budget cuts “make clear that school administrators are making heartrending decisions to balance their dwindling budgets, while trying valiantly to keep students’ best interests in mind.” In the study, it is clear that almost half of public schools in California alone have significantly cut or eliminated Arts and Music programs.
Our goal is to step in and work to replace that funding through creative initiatives.
Art And The Human Experience
In their famous cave paintings in south-western France, Stone Age artists drew brown horses, black horses-and white horses with black spots. The spotted coats depicted in those 25,000-year-old images hava long puzzled archaeologists, who wondered if they were imaginary and had some special spiritual meaning. But now, through DNA analysis of ancient horse fossils, scientists have determined that the Paleolithic artists were realists: Of the 31 horses analyzed, 18 were brown, seven were black, and six had coats with “leopard” spotting. “People drew spotty horses because they saw spotty horses,” archaeologist Terry O’Connor of the University of York tells The New York Times. Knowing that the prehistoric cave artists painted real horses, however, doesn’t explain “why they took the effort making these beautiful paintings,”, says study co-author Michael Hofreiter. The fact that early humans felt it was important to create art, at a time when life was precarious and hard, “tells us a lot about ourselves as a species.” Source_THE WEEK