Artists are patrons nowadays.
There are exceptions, to be sure. Writers can still make money doing good stuff. Some movie makers too. But official architecture and official painting and sculpture are bad, and classical music and theater are isolated to a few larger cities.
Most of the decent art I have seen was done as a sideline and often donated.
Most of the created beauty I have seen was done as a labor of love.
It seems the artist is the patron. His largesse is beauty.