A Word from the President
Cheered as we are by the longer days of light and melting snow, we are burdened by the issues facing our state and nation, and the impact that severe budget cuts to the arts and education will have on the future of our children. Regardless of your politics, if you are listening to a concert, you intrinsically believe in the power of music to provide joy, comfort and motivation. Those of us who work in the arts every day, either teaching or in adjunct capacities, know that the arts are part of the solution to our country’s budget woes.
Why Should Government Support the Arts?
The Economic Impact:
A strong arts sector is an economic asset that creates jobs, produces tax revenue, stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, retains a high quality work force, and stabilizes property values. 78% of the Conservatory’s budget is spent on faculty and staff salaries and benefits, and that money is directly returned to the community. Additionally, the arts have been shown to be a successful and sustainable strategy for revitalizing rural areas, inner cities and populations struggling with poverty. All one need do is look to Milwaukee’s Third Ward to see how the arts have spurred growth in a once neglected area.
The Academic Impact:
Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates—findings that cut across all socio-economic categories. The arts can "level the playing field" for youngsters from disadvantaged circumstances.
This is the time for you to make your voice heard. Please contact your state and federal representatives to let them know that you care about the arts in the Milwaukee community.
Please speak up for the Arts!