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This feeling of independance and self expression that art provides plays a key role in having the courage to change the world as we know it. Art, in any of its forms is the road to achieving personal and collective goals and giving the example that anything is possible. More than that, art can raise awareness and start a discussion on both controversial and important issues.
"I heart Life", a project by the Greek street artist Stmts
Community-based art projects can bring together audiences from diverse cultural backgrounds and under-represented groups and contribute to the creation of ties within a community and act as platforms for intercultural dialogue, where a more open, inclusive relationship with art can be cultivated.
Socially engaged and community-based art projects and practices, which involve people with social issues such as racism, pollution, inequality, and with other ‘difficult’ and controversial topics can be valuable for the social cohesion and help several people bring its own voice, its own questions, and its own cultural values to a framework for dialogue and interaction.
However, unfortunately, there are still barriers which prevent non-traditional art and non-privileged audiences to access people the arts and benefit from them.
"I don't believe in Global Warming", a very powerful graffiti about global warming by Banksy.
We are not arguing of course that art and contact with art constitute a universal panacea for all the issues burdening people in contemporary societies. Instead of the simplistic, essentially utopian, and, for some, ‘marketable and PR friendly’ requirement to serve the widest possible range of social groups what we want to mention is that arts, the artists, and the arts organizations is important not to just ‘serve’ the traditional art public, but to act as facilitators, as agents that will provide the framework for the voices of different subjects to be heard, and for the various, often contradictory stories, the different narratives that people in contemporary multicultural, postmodern societies have to tell.
Take a look at the powerful speech of TED Prize Winner Photographer JR on how Art can actually have great impact on the world: