This week's thoughts come from the lovely Michael Riddle - add you're thoughts to the comments below!
"Much as i appreciate the creativity of artist cooperatives and the cultural enrichment of lives and locations, art can't exist in a vacuum. And all the time art is promoted and grant funded within the auspices of establishment influence and moderation, inevitably it will serve as another distraction in similar vein to hollywood movies, pop music and 'click share' pictures of cute kittens, just another product to hype and add value. While distracted, in our name and by our working and paying taxes, we contribute to the conflicts our leaders engage in.
Arts role should be to shine a light on different perspectives that the established status quo dont want highlighted. To challenge power, to provoke, to go beyond a contractual obligation to provide a product and to speak of and bring about a 'better' world.
Sorry for the vague rant, I'm not coalescing to some meaningful point or idea for a common good event...much as i'd like to.
Much respect to you and all at the commonty and common good.