Culture 03

TOPIC

Should the government support artists?

Essay

◆ Pros
 I strongly believe that the government should support artists for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that it enhances the quality of modern art. It is highly likely that the governmental support helps artists to improve their works. It is natural that the more money invested the higher quality the work becomes.
 The second reason is that it prevents modern art from becoming just product making rather than genuine art. Art is not for making money but for pursuing and expressing beauty. Once artists think about money, then that is not the real art.
 The third reason is that it saves artists from poverty. If Van Gogh had been supported by the government, he would not have had to die. If Edgar Allan Poe had been supported by the government, he would not have had to suffer from illness. Many great artists had suffered from poverty just because of lack of money.
 Some people say that the government should not spend valuable money on just art however money is just a tool to improve our life including art. Therefore it is a right way for the government to invest on artists. Hence, for the aforementioned reasons, I strongly believe that the government should support artists.
(210 Words)

◆ Cons
 I do not think that the government should support artists for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that there are many other serious problems that the government should deal with. The earth can become uninhabitable if the environmental pollution continues at this rate. 3 billion people suffer from poverty and malnutrition. 1.2 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. It is obvious that the government should spend money to solve these problems first before art.
 The second reason is that the government simply cannot afford to spend money on art in this one of the worst economic recessions. If economy is good, the government can invest on artists, however now is not the time.
 The third reason is that it may lower the quality of art. Some great works could be made because the artist did not have enough money. If Van Gogh had been rich, his “Sunflowers” might not have been made. For some artists, lack of money can be expedient to improve their works.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned three reasons, I do not think that the government should support artists.
(192 Words)

Date:October 28, 2012

メモ

◆ トピック: 政府は芸術家をサポートするべきか?

例によって、賛成派と反対派を書きました。

賛成派では、
「現代芸術の質を高める」
「現代芸術が、ただの商品製造になってしまうのを防ぐ」
「芸術家を貧困から救う」
の3つをキーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「特に芸術においては、お金をかければ質が高まる、とは限らないのでは?」
「それは創り手の意志によるのでは?」
「すでに、福祉制度が整っているので、必要ないのでは?」
などが考えられます。

反対派では、
「芸術の前に、他の深刻な問題を解決するべき」
「この経済不況の時期に、そんな余裕はない」
「芸術の質を下げる可能性もある」
の3つをキーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「他の深刻な問題を解決しつつ、芸術にもお金を使う事は出来るのでは?」
「経済不況でも豊かな人はいるし、不景気でも芸術にお金を使う事は出来るのでは?」
「むしろ、お金をかけたほうが、質の高いものが出来るのではないか?」
などが考えられます。