The Jerusalem Post article http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Opinion/Article.aspx?id=203464 comes up with a financial reason why modern orthodox jews don't indulge in artistic activities:
The costs of being a religious jew are ridiculous. How can you say that God takes care of you it costs toooooo damn much? Are you sooooooooo desperate for acceptance that you need to shit away your income on yeshivas when there is public schools, on high holy day seats when commerce is prohibited on yom tov ANYWAYS, and on kosher food when regular food is just fine?
Oh and I thought the Old Testament said that God is gonna bless you beyond belief if you give chaaaaaaaaaaaaarity? Yet it is put down here as a cost. What's up with that? Why aren't you like, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay let's give charity it's an INVESTMENT????????? lol it's easy to believe when you don't gotta put money down on it. And on top of that you have a woman who will divorce you if you eat a cheeseburger.