Contexts for Making
Understanding Socially Engaged Art
Socially engaged art is an artistic practice that focuses on social effect.
It can critique broader social and political issues through creative expression rather than directly conveying meaning. Socially engaged artists operate in the context of a social and political climate. Their work is not simply intended to be functional, nor is it intended to sit in a gallery on the wall or a pedestal so, in this sense— this work differs from the traditional understandings of art, craft, and design.
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