In a report outlining his strategy, his chief of arts and culture strategy, Munira Mirza, argues that too much emphasis has been placed on making events "user-friendly".
She said: "Too often, it is presumed that young people will only like art that they can immediately relate to.
"Working-class students may be steered towards popular culture like hip-hop, new media and film on the basis that they will find older art forms such as opera or ballet irrelevant." Mirza said this was "extremely patronising".
She added: "There's been a kind of inverse snobbery about culture. I get the feeling some people would look at Shakespeare and say, that's a bit too intimidating for working-class people.
"If we achieve anything, I would like to help all people think that it is for them, or that the National Gallery, for example, is for them, that it belongs to you."
Monday, November 24, 2008
London's New Arts Strategy - Don't Patronize the Youth
Mayor Boris Johnson, that very English-looking fellow you may remember from the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, has unveiled a new Arts initiative. The Guardian has more: