Just flipping through the May/June issue of Symphony Magazine and noticed an interesting blurb on page four titled "Global Arts Challenge" about a recent arts leadership conference held at Carnegie Hall. The question lodged was "what is the difference between arts and entertainment?". Mike Bishop, NY Bureau chief of The Economist joked that "people pay for entertainment, while art needs to be subsidized."
I found this comment to be interesting, even if in jest. Why does society undervalue the arts so that they must be subsidized? How can arts leaders change this? Can it be changed? Should it be?