In having the majority of the arts programs being defunded, aren't we suffering by stifling the mental growth of this generation and the next? Why not have more programs outside of the school system to develop this generation for the next so it will be funded locally instead of through the schools? What is comes down to is more then just cutting arts. It is the faculties to equip for their future in which they are going to be taking care of us in the very near future. Don't we want to be the generation to take responsiblity in knowing we are doing the right thing for them?