Who Decides?

by mindonthemoney

Once society has decided how much it values art the next goal is to manage these ideals and find a way to give artists the freedoms needed to fully explore their creativity.

Although we live in a capitalist world art is one of the activities that receives funding from the state. There are several issues with state funded art. Firstly should public money be spent on this? I believe it should as art has more values to society than just monetary.

Secondly, what should the decision process to fund art be? Should art that is deemed of the “highest quality” be funded, art that benefits the public the most, or art that would struggle, for whatever reason, to be sold in a capitalist world?

The next issue is then, who should these decision makers be? Should they be some sort of consortium of artists, should it be experts in the field, or should we instead try to make the whole process more democratic and chosen by the people. Or could it instead depend on what the individual artists feel they need to carry out the work they want to do? Marx suggests that an ideal society would cater for each individual and their needs differently but equally. He believes it is in this that true equality lies. It is not about treating everyone the same but attending persons needs appropriately.

This would mean some receive funding, others support, others left alone, but for each the conditions would be created that allowed them to fully utilise their creative talents.

This concept is also echoed in business management theory, when working with creative people. Business organisations understand that to get the best from their employees they need to understand their differing needs and motivations. Businesses can do this for their employees but for a great number of artists, who are self employed, this support is not available.

If we, as a society, want to get the best from our artists, we need to find ways to support their creativity and achieve equality across the sector.

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