Most of us are aware that states across the nation have been forced to cut back or completely eliminate arts funding. In 2002, Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit for the advancement of arts education in America, teamed up with the Ad Council to create a national ad campaign promoting the need for arts education. Hip-hop artists Chuck D and La Bruja joined the fight, appearing in public-service announcements touting the benefits of arts education. The group’s slogan? “Art. Ask for more.” So, dear readers, ask and you shall receive. Beginning this Monday, local artist and pro skateboarder Judd Hertzler will lead a one-week art program for area youths. Kids will learn techniques such as mural painting, block printing and silk-screening and will even design and print their own T-shirts. The class is a mere $10 and will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. And remember: Art can improve problem-solving skills, bolster self-confidence and teach kids to appreciate the world around them. Call (916) 808-8929 to register for the class.