When artists respond to the times they place the issues of that time into their art. This creates permanence. It keeps us from forgetting. This is why authoritarian regimes target artists and the arts first. Not allowing people to forget is the biggest threat to their plans. Helping people remember is the artist’s greatest power. Use it! Stop drawing portraits of dragons and hobbits. Start drawing portraits of real heroes. Don’t have any? Put the fiction down and inform yourself

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