What if we knew that art saved lives? Like, what if there was a way to measure, to quantify, for the news to publish the statistics. Say, 'Today, poem such-and-such stopped a kid from shooting up a school' or 'A painting by local artist so-and-so is cited as the main reason for peace talks between the government and the rebels of whatever country' ... I mean, we KNOW that art saves lives, we KNOW it, but it's an abstract. What if we could actually assign it names, and dates, and specific numbers?
I think then we wouldn't be so blasé about letting them kill art programs in the public schools.