Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies


The majority of arts supporters and enthusiasts these days are older persons. The large amount of leisure time these people have is one reason why they support the arts, but the biggest reason is because they were taught to value the arts when they were young. In today's society where children and young adults are faced with difficult issues that even their parents did not have to confront. such as drugs, sexual orientation, violence, suicide, guns, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, rape, murder, and many others, the arts take a place in the far back seat. Often due to these issues, the fast-paced nature of society and the under-funded school systems, the arts programs are the first to be cut by legislatures and the school systems themselves. These decision makers fail to realize that arts programs may be part of the answer to getting children off the streets, away from being tempted and pressured to engage in violence and drugs.