Funding for the Arts

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

Hart County High School Junior, Katy Smith wants to play professional French horn in a philharmonic orchestra when she graduates from college. Smith said throughout high school playing horn has really helped her develop.

"Musicians in schools usually do better, their test scores are better are better, they're more intelligent people generally. Music in the schools is a big part of my success," Smith said.

Band parents, teachers, area artists and students all participated in an event on the afternoon of Nov. 18, 2006, in Glendale, called Open Doors to the Hart of the Arts. One music booster parent said the band and orchestra are always trying to raise much needed money for their programs.

"Its very important for the schools they are always doing fundraisers, if we're not at a competition parents are volunteering for fundraisers to try to raise money. Its very important," Leslie Blackford said.

Hart County High School's Band Director said its disappointing whenever funding for the arts is cut.

"The arts programs in any school is a universal language, something everyone understands. And no matter whether you're playing an instrument or listening to the radio. Its important for students to understand how that's put together and how that's used in their everyday life," Ed Johnson said.

Smith said, "It makes me feel like we're not important, and we have to fend for ourselves, but that's really not the way it should be."

Ed Johnson, said the funds from Saturday's Open Doors to the Hart of the Arts auction will go toward the high school's music and arts programs.


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