I believe that 'the arts' are what made us human.
Art is all around us, creativity is what has made everything we own. I tell participants in workshops that everything they own see, buy, look at has been created and produced by artists .
If we want to change the perception of what it is to be 'an artist' we have to work towards teaching an understanding of how the creative brain has developed everything we take for granted within our 'built' environment.
Creativity is inspired by nature and without nature humans could not have become creative. We need nature to sustain us physically and mentally
The arts and nature are exploited for profit by a small numbers of rich people.
If we do not stop the rich and greedy exploiting our planet, our nature and our arts nothing much will matter in fifty years time. We wont be around to discuss the merits of 'the arts'