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I'd like to see patronage of arts to be normalized as an ethical standard of civilized life. Like it's completely normal to stop on a red light - it's not because you feel sorry for those who are waiting to cross the street, but because it's normal, an agreed practice, a rule.

Every time I see an artist posting their patreon page asking for support because they can't make ends meet I feel sick because that person has to beg in this way. Then motivation for patronage has a color of pityness.

Luka Prinčič [ ☕💻🎶🎛️ ] @luka
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Note though that to some degree government and local arts funding system is such normalized patronage through taxes (very generally looking). Although it's in very few countries that this actually works for at least majority of the artists - possibly in Scandinavia? Slovenia is still better than many places in larger Europe but it's getting worse and worse year by year.

@luka Not in Scandinavia. At least not in Sweden. There are _very_ few avenues for public funding of the arts, though some exists. It's a far cry from "majority" though.

@pettter yes, i have not enough knowledge on skandinavia and assumed badly...

@luka do you imagine science without public funding ? I think it's the same for "art and culture" for a big part of it. There are very diverse "roles" that an artist can take to adress the publics aside the pure creation process, from performances to writing to teaching, and both the creation and the transmission process should be supported by public funds like it is for other fields.
In Be it's supposed to be partly this way, but it's rotten by "friends" politics and chronical underfunding

@luka
yess! Why limit subsidizing to artists though?
Freeing anybody from the need to care for their survival would enable them to live in a more creative mindset.
And normalized creativity is a multiplicator for many things things our society needs (participation, openness,...)

This makes the term 'artist' in its current form ('person trying to capitalize aesthetics for survival, possibly out of passion') kinda meaningless, as creating is then about passion, not need.

@norwin
Maybe: creating is about passion, and art is ultimately about resistance.

Otherwise I agree with the idea that creativity is everything and everywhere and currently still very undervalued.