Don't look down on the arts

I am often indignant about people's attitudes towards the arts.

We have been brought up to think that being successful means becoming a doctor or lawyer, or having a high-paying job.

People look down on being an artist. It is sad to hear that those interested in the arts give up their dreams and pursue jobs that would give them money.

The arts play an important role in making Singapore our home (The role of the arts in making a nation home; June 4).

It helps to bring people together and "collectively express perspectives of life" in Singapore. It is definitely not something to be looked down on.

We should make a constant effort to understand and support the arts.

I am heartened that there is increasing recognition of the arts in our society now, and I sincerely hope this continues.

Aretha Low,16 Secondary 4 student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2017, with the headline 'Don't look down on the arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe