Question: Should culture and arts be funded if they are not profitable? Find examples of arts and culture to demonstrate your case
Introduction: Culture and the Arts
Edward Tylor describes culture in the mix of "knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society" (Tylor 1889). It is well appropriate way of referring to our current diverse communities from which the many existing cultures are deriving from. Hence, culture can be regarded as the representation or a mark of identity for these individual communities.
The portrayal of cultures can long be seen in different forms of Arts. Arts not only serve to convey and communicate cultural ideas and realities, they also stand as the expression of voices and power from minorities and movement groups. An example of cultural expression would be the baroque influence era in the 17th century where architecture, dance, music and any forms of art depict the heavy domineering power and influence of the Roman Catholic, which is spread widely across in most Europe nations.
However, as the world starts to progress and leap into economically driven society, the arts community struggle with the artists trying hard to fight a constant battle between the need to stay true towards their artistic expression and the need to be commercially successful in order to sustain themselves. As mention by Craik, "The cultural sector has been encouraged to see itself more as an industry than a creative pursuit, and to maximize revenue-generating activities". (Craik 1996) This creates a problem where sometimes the creative and artistic value for the art has to be compromised to the agenda of the partnering bodies in order to receive sufficient funding and support to accomplish the artwork. It is also often very challenging to...