The contribution of art, and cultural work in general, to participatory social affairs and to developing active and meaningful citizenship could be understood through some of the practices that artists develop:
Creativity, exploration and playfulness
Independent and critical thinking
Courage and freedom
Artists can develop and explore ideas, visions, identities, narratives, discourses and utopias.
Artists make stories, they tell stories, his-stories and hopefully her-stories also.
Artists deal and negotiate with different bodies on many levels such as ideas, feelings, stories, the levels of materials, craftsmanship, aesthetics, presentation and representation, in as much as levels of production, timetable, resources, deadlines, PR, etc.
Artists have room to explore with different forms of dialogue, to makes some cracks within a frozen discourse, using images, voices and gestures, new and old ideas.
The practice of art makes us be experienced living within the tension of individuality and the need for a dialogue with audience, thus continuously develop dialogue between self and community, cultivating our individual and collective identity.
The practice of art gives us a stage (with the amplifiers of Media), allow us to elaborate our voices, a space to tell narratives. At times, depending to a great extent on the context and level of our citizenship and participation, we are being heard, and we might influence our realities.
Being self motivators and hard workers sometimes help leading us to fruitful participation.