In her 23 years teaching art, Matilda doubted she had ever faced such an intimidating group. Principal Bee, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the District Counsellor, looked ready to announce a death sentence.

Pushing her shoulders back, she walked in and tabled the strange old painting.

“What’s this,” the councilman sniggered.

“It’s proof that art matters. It’s why you should not cut the school’s art budget.”

“This masterpiece is supposed to convince us?”

“No,” came the gentle but firm voice of Police Chief Brandon from the doorway.
“I am. Me, the artist who painted that. Anger therapy was what Miss Matilda used to call it. That is the reason why I uphold the law instead of breaking it.”

In response to Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday: Week 37 challenge.

5 thoughts on “Art Attack

  1. Oh I do love this perspective — the art of painting, the art of expression, can keep one from spilling over unspoken feelings into the world upon fellow humanity. The idea that a police officer got his calm from painting and anger management through art — I think it’s a translation of what many people are finding in society today. Without the opportunities to work hard or express feelings, those feelings and that strength has to be directed elsewhere. The environment of change, the need to be accepted, the feelings of misunderstanding — many of these are quelled when art is employed. Lovely story — thank you so much for joining us again this week ❤


    1. Round the world public schools are cutting their art and music budget, which is not at all a positive move. At a time when student violence is rising, such emotional outlets become even more important.

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