FDR enacted big subsidies for artists, writers, musicians, etc, back it the day. It was a great thing. They still have gov't grants to an extent, but not near what it used to be.
I disagree. Talented artists should be subsidized to a certain extent. They enrich our culture. Other countries, mainly France, are issuing these subsidies and actually taking some of our finest artists. These people cannot afford health care in our country. I have also read of artists writers, etc. who wanted to come and live in the U.S. but declined to do so for the same reason.
Pubs hate art, they're too stupid to get it, let alone create any. If it aint a painting of a deer gettin shot, it aint art, to them.