This in Arts Hub is perfectly argued. We should fund the arts because Jeanette Winterson is right and creativity is at the core of being human.
This hard-wired creativity is the inheritance of every child ever born across space and time, and for some reason, later on, we knock it out of them – usually at school, and then even later on we say, ‘Oh, no, the arts are elitist, we can’t afford to fund them, it’s obviously a luxury activity.’
But it is the core of being human, because creativity is the core of being human and everybody here is on the creative continuum. There are different doses and dilutions of creativity, and not everybody needs to be or wants to be an artist, but everybody wants to be in the zone of what’s creative. You make a beautiful meal for your family – that’s creative. You sit down and have a conversation where the ideas and the sparks start to fly – that’s creative.
So much of what we do is about our creative self. We shouldn’t be in denial of that, and the people who want to make art in all its shapes and forms also need support, recognition, and a place to be – and they need audiences who aren’t embarrassed and slightly guilty about wanting those things as well.