Richard Layman has an interesting post today on "cultural infrastructure" and its implications for individual artists in the city.
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: More on (DC's) Cultural Infrastructure:
"It's more about supporting the kinds of institutions where people come to 'consume' arts rather than to produce art/be artists. Even many of the neighborhood-based arts institutions in the city (Lincoln Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center) tend to be about 'viewing' rather than 'doing.' Although THEARC (Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation Campus) in Southeast DC appears to be an exception. (See the description from the architects website.)
Still there is a difference between 'doing' as creative expression and self-affirmation being a working artist 'doer."