Nobody runs the art world. No one is in charge of what gets seen where, when, or in what context. Lots of different people may be in charge of separate details here and there, and there might even be overlap, but by and large they represent completely disparate interests. The most common reason for exercising one’s option to get involved with art is that one has developed a keen interest in it, to the point of its becoming a passion.
Of course, one does occasionally hear that all the major decisions in the art world are in the hands of a small cabal of power brokers, but this hardly seems consistent with what one experiences with one’s own senses. In fact, if you look closely, art seems to be bursting out of every available seam, with little consensus on what gets presented where. It’s surprising, really, how little encouragement art requires, but perhaps that’s because more people find themselves wanting art, even in those cases where they don’t actually know what it is.