We should fund art because it makes the space around us the kind of place we want to live….. [not as a] sort of investment strategy [that] may ultimately backfire. It’s just not why humans have ever made art, and it shouldn’t be why we make it now. I’ll breath more easily when we can return to the idea that such things need to be created, simply because they should be brought into the world. I will be glad when we can stop cheapening art by expecting to monetize by its practice. And I will be happier when we can go back to loving (and funding) art because it adds value to our own lives, not just our livelihoods.
—From Frank Burres’ “The Price of Everything” in response to Richard Florida’s creative class theory..