From The Atlantic, here’s an overview of the changing nature of Art (with a capital “A”) throughout history, the end result of which are things like the IMFA program and the IMRC Center.

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur – The Atlantic.

The institutions that have undergirded the existing system are contracting or disintegrating. Professors are becoming adjuncts. Employees are becoming independent contractors (or unpaid interns). Everyone is in a budget squeeze: downsizing, outsourcing, merging, or collapsing. Now we’re all supposed to be our own boss, our own business: our own agent; our own label; our own marketing, production, and accounting departments. Entrepreneurialism is being sold to us as an opportunity. It is, by and large, a necessity. Everybody understands by now that nobody can count on a job.