Some people believe that high culture should be sponsored by the state. How far do you agree with this opinion?
Considering the topic of sponsoring the high culture by the government we must understand the meaning of high culture. High culture is a term, now used in a number of different ways in academic discourse, whose most common meaning is the set of cultural products, mainly in the arts, held in the highest esteem by a culture. it is the culture of an elite such as the aristocracy or intelligentsia. Much of High Culture consists of the appreciation of what is sometimes called High Art and it includes literature, music, visual arts and cinema nowadays. The most of high culture products have been produced during periods of High civilization: in ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt or in Medieval Europe.
The term was attacked by people which were not in elite. They thought that it is not available for other social classes than bourgeoisie whose natural territory it was supposed to be. In 19th century many proponents of the concept decided to change something in this way of society thinking. They opened many museums and concert halls to give the general public access to high culture. It could by seen especially in Europe, about one hundred years later, in 19th century. Governments granted museums, operas and ballet companies, orchestras, cinemas, public broadcasting stations such as BBC Radio 3, ARTE and in other ways. Organizations such as the Arts Council in Britain, and in most European countries, whole ministries, administered these programs. This includes the subsidy of new works by composers, writers and artists.
Despite some philanthropic donations, most of funds for high art broadening process comes from the state. As we know, many people believe that high culture should be sponsored in that way. From the very beginning the high culture have gotten the money from the governments so they could realize the idea of widening the culture. That did not changed very much till today. I must say that I have same opinion as the people have. I believe that all means of culture should be payed by the state.