Fine Arts Students Address Imbalance of Attention


People only care about sports in high school. As hard as it is to admit, it’s true. Every time I go to a basketball game, I see at least three times as many people there as I normally see at a band or choir concert, maybe even more. And artists don’t even have some way to show the community their art. At least the choir, band, orchestra, and theater kids hold performances.
I don’t have an impartial opinion in the slightest; I’m possibly one of the most bitter people one could ever meet. So I spoke to a couple BLHS students about the subject. Mack Grimes said it happens because sports get more ‘publicity’.

“How many channels are there dedicated to sports? How many TV shows and movies talk about the ‘big game’?” Grimes said.
The world may never know the answer. Actually, it’s around 35 in the United States, according to Wikipedia, but we all know that’s not exactly a completely reliable source.
Annie Cygan said she believes it’s because the fine arts programs and classes don’t make the school as much money as sports do. “Within a sports-dominated school, the fine arts will always get the lesser hand. They don’t make as much money as sports do, but we don’t just sit there and do nothing.”
Another point Cyan made, addressed the fact that physical education classes are required, but music or theater classes aren’t.

“We force music [and theater] people to take an athletic class that they could be embarrassed and super uncomfortable to be in. But we don’t force the athletically-inclined people to take a music or theater class.”
Whenever a sport makes it to state, the students gather in the hallway to ‘send them off’. But choir, band, debate, and forensics people make it to state all the time, and there’s no special sendoff for them. Where is the justice?
“Most of the time, nobody but family goes to the concerts, but more than half the school will show up to a game,” Adam Crouse said. But it’s not just the fine arts that are suffering. “Does anyone know when the Scholars’ Bowl meetings are, besides members of Scholars Bowl? Because I don’t.”
Don’t take this the wrong way, though; we aren’t saying that sports don’t deserve the attention they get. Sports take hours of practice, in and out of school, and even then, there’s no guaranteed reward. But non-athletic activities can take just as much, if not more, dedication and time. We only ask that you give us the same consideration, support, and attention that would be given to an athlete.