Throughout my lower, middle, and upper school years I always took any art classes that I could fit into my schedule and I always participated in drama productions. By being able to do this and being able to participate in the programs it opened doors for my future. I was able to realize that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. In the recent years the amount of funds allocated to art programs has greatly decreased. This decrease means that less and less children will recieve the benefits that these programs have to offer.