Debate: The Arts

London’s Arts programme, can it charge affordable rates and survive cultural boundaries?

One of the most cultural sectors of the British establishment is the Arts. Mostly around London as most known with Museums, galleries and theatre, London is jam packed with them.

The Arts often rely’s on funding from the government and has since suffered cuts since 2010 as with many other services and evil welfare cuts from the Conservative government. Using the excuse of underperformance by the Arts to cut the program substantially from funding, many have seen sales and cultural interest dip.

So can people come to a show and be cultured whilst feeling justified in their payments?

Most who would like to go but are struggling with daily life are classed as not interested nor cultured. Branding with assumption, the poor are sacrificed to miss out instead. Shut out from this thought, the class divide has risen. Poor communities have seen that the shut out means by assumption, that the Arts is for those who are snobbish and can afford such extravagance, or as they call them, the rich.

But if the Arts charged affordable rates, for the exhibitions or plays etc that are worth the cost, people will pay. They might pay 5 – 7 pounds for certain gallery exhibitions for example and maybe stretch to 10. Anything about would be unsubstantial and deter them from it.

Can you expect a ‘poor’ community to go and see a stone found in the soil from so many years ago for say fifty pounds? Can you ask them to part with huge amounts or at least to them? Something that Arts directors may think is affordable for them with the ‘I would go to it’ mindset won’t be so inviting for others. Those also assumitively classed as uncultured as above, would, by that thought then, not come. The more distant they grow the more uncomfortable they become. Everyone of us tends to, at least a majority, backtrack to what we know as comfortable in order to feel secure. We can make sense of what we know, but not the unknown. After this spreads to a town of most people not visiting any form of the Arts or Culture prompts them to join the community they know. With the ‘No one from round ‘ere likes that stuff’ chitter chatter, a town then becomes isolated. In that town will sit many cultured individuals that may want to experience forms of culture deemed only accessible, also by location, to classy or upper toffs. So then, if it makes everything affordable, at the cost of what the showcase is worth with sustainable pricing, the Arts would have more depth to grow and even possibly produce a more cultural scenario that can pull even communities back together. Or even network two completely different ones with rewarding life experiences.

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