March 30, 2018
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 art when so many other critical needs are pressing. However, in terms of both the value of arts itself and the economic benefits it brings, I suppose arts should be invested by the government, especially in advanced countries.
Arts is like a magic potion 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 arts with general care, it will be a very effective means of coping the health concerns. In short, arts can benefit both physical and mental health as an effective healing tool, so it deserves to be subsidized by the government.
Arts plays 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, the 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, arts has the potential to bring numerous economic benefits to the country by providing creative occupations and generating tax revenues. In conclusion, investing in art is an extremely sensible decision because the government can reap a lot of economic benefits from it.
stimulate local economies through tourism and consumer purchases.
Glynn, Sarah. “Music Benefits Both Mental And Physical Health.” medicalnewstoday.com. 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2018.
John Thomasian. “Arts and the Economy.” www.nga.org. Web. 25 Mar. 2018.