Means and Ends

It is Immanuel Kant who wrote that people should never be treated as the means to an end but only as ends in themselves. I think about this in relation to arts policy quite a lot. All too often, art is treated as an instrument toward economic ends (see my comments on the creative placemaking movement, for example). Art, however is an end in itself. Let’s turn the policy paradigm on its head and consider that economic means are an instrument for the creation of art. That, to me, is the raison d’être of arts entrepreneurship.

About lindaessig

Linda Essig is director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, including its award-winning arts entrepreneurship program, Pave: The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of ASU. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix and "like" the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Find Pave's journal, Artivate, at
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