TYLER — Schools all across Texas are scrambling to make plans for the $15 Billion budget shortfall and the massive cuts that may come with it.
But today at the 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition in the Tyler Museum of Art, students were showing that art is an extremely important part of their lives.
The exhibition features 9 different schools in the area and 75 pieces of work - including paintings, photos, mixed media and sculptures.
Chloe Parra is not graduating this year, but her piece of artwork, an enchanced photograph taken in Mineola, is displayed under a special "Up and Coming" section of the exhibit.
As far as cutting arts in schools, Parra says it's just too important to lose.
"I think art is really important - just in life...because it's creativity and creativity is just important and I think especially teenagers, because they need some way to express themselves and this is what I do," Parra said.
The exhibition will last until the 27th of this month.
On the 20th, there will be an awards ceremony where 5 students from the gallery will be rewarded.
And if you'd like to let your opinion be known, they are having a viewers choice award this year.