Responses - Jan 14th

Name: Vin
Subject: Art Is NOT Atrocity
Date: 1/14/2012

I have never heard of such a terrible concept, and I am outraged. Art is very important to the development of a child. I know, when I was younger, how important it was for me to use art as a method of expressing my imagination and emotions. I had great art teachers, and the bonds I've formed with them have impacted me forever. I've excelled in all subjects, but I can report that I barely remember my math or science teachers.

As an adult now, my imagination continues to run wild. I cannot leave the house without seeing numerous pictures in everyday scenes and inanimate objects. It's amusing and enjoyable. It allows me to see beyond the reality of the often mundane, sad, depressing situations the world is forced to encounter each day. Art has made my life so much more fulfilling.

I'm sure, Samuel Ruta, that you are much older than I am, and you've been hardened by life. Perhaps a 9-5 job has taken its toll, and you are no longer able to appreciate the simple pleasures life has to offer (sometimes, more often than you think).

Kids feel rewarded when they finish a work of art, and playing a piece of music is also a huge accomplishment for them. Please, reconsider the arguments you've made and truly think about the consequences of not having art and/or music programs in school. Thank you.

After The Reveal

Date: 1/17/2012

I couldn't help but smile while reading your response. I screamed, "Bastards!" a little bit, too, but I am very pleased nontheless. I remember in high school, a teacher once said, "Art is manipulation." I can honestly say what you've done has supported his message and then some. You're manipulating for positive reasons, though, and it's beautiful.

Anyway, I would be honored to take part in any aspect of your art piece. Please, let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you.