here's a good blog talking about the cuts to the arts:
It's something that I feel very strongly about and I think it is terrible for future generations that the arts are under threat like this. Obviously, as this blog points out, essential services (i.e.: hospitals, the police, benefits etc) need to be preserved but the impact of the arts can't be ignored. The arts may not be 'essential' in many respects but in others, it gives people hope and purpose in a way that nothing else can.
Save the arts!