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Challenge and Change

Racism, violence, the media, gender identity, and globalism are all important topics today. People sometimes accuse artists of avoiding the “real world,” but many artists feel passionately about social and political issues and are not afraid to tackle them. They create art as a way to raise awareness, to protest, or to pose questions for viewers. They work to change the world through their art.

What are some of the challenges we experience today?
Do you believe art can change the world? Why or why not? And if so, how?


Robert Rauschenberg
Features from Currents
1970

“The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.”
— Robert Rauschenberg
Discuss this quote by Robert Rauschenberg. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.