The Cost of Arts Education

By Kristi Jones

The arts have always been in my life, and I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to say that. However, I didn’t have super artistic parents; in fact, art wasn’t really even a hobby for my parents. My dad is a pilot and was always more math and science-minded, and my mom had a varied career history, including accounting, marketing and flight attendant, but the arts were never involved in their professional lives, and besides my mom playing the piano now and then, not in their personal lives either. However, they always encouraged both my involvement in and appreciation of the arts. I started taking dance classes when I was three, and my parents started taking me to the theatre productions when I was around six years old. There were museums, piano lessons and choir concerts throughout my life. I also had the typical arts classes in school, stayed involved in choir, theatre and dance through my teenage years, went on to major in theatre in college and moved on to have a career in the non-profit arts world. Why? I was encouraged to participate in the arts, where I ended up finding my niche and passion, and I was given the support and tools I needed to do just that.

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Dance is the hidden language of your soul

Quote above by Martha Graham

dance-against-lightBy Sabrina Skiles

Dance can inspire people in many different ways. I have been inspired by dance since I was two years old. I love how a single note and a corresponding dance step can take you to a different world. That’s what dance was for me, especially when I was diagnosed with psoriasis in high school.

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