Thankfully, I chose not to delete before reading. Quite thought provoking.
You allude to many layers of the issues involved. I was nodding in
agreement with your desire to see more "trivial" involvement in the arts -
everyday, living, breathing artistic involvement. I try to instill this
attitude in my middle school students. I have a large banner in my room that
I often ask students to read : Use what talents you possess, for the woods
would be silent if no birds sang except the best. Every student can produce
art, use art, appreciate art, discuss art. . . . .