Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
It is common these days to hear that the arts in the public schools are losing funding, or have been cut altogether. What was once a regular part of a well-rounded education, is now increasingly marginalized by those who say the arts serve no practical purpose.
Imagine that you heard that arts funding is about to be cut out of the school budget in your district. You feel strongly that the school district should keep the arts in the schools, and you are prepared to address the school board in defense of the arts. What would you say to persuade the board that the arts are necessary for a child’s education? How would such an education support the local community?