Important issues to consider for artists of an occupational mind set. Making the art financially accessible, alone, is not enough to get it into the world view of our most deprived citizens.
And it is often foundations created and run by the one percent that provide the funding that allows artistic institutions/organizations to offer programming at discounted ticket prices.
Government funding for the arts has almost all but vanished and so artists are faced to directly create a larger market for their work among the less affluent – without loss of integrity and support to take potentially unpopular risks. Sigh.
For Mr. Laude and many other protesters the main issue regarding performing arts institutions is not inaccessibility but insularity. In other countries, he pointed out, the government and society work together to include arts directly in the lives of citizens.