The arts are incredibly beneficial to mental development and are one of the main
facets of each culture in the world. I think that it would have been more
impressive if he had been involved in arts education improvement for schools or
something like that, and not just on the board of Pioneer Theater Company. I
agree with you in that context.
Since when did "in the arena of the arts" make you a hero? What makes
the arts so special? I think you are being a little generous in using the word
hero in this regards.