The Artists’ Rapid Response Team (ARRT!), like many people who create at the intersection of politics and art, has the occasional soapbox to get on (when not soul-searching and funding-searching, etc.).  Especially in the United States, where voicing political opinions is considered somehow both uncouth and in need of “equal-time” objectivity, it can be an act of bravery, career suicide, and/or refreshing to write somewhere like this — direct from the political artist’s heart.  This blog will venture into the Don Quixote terrain of what it means to create directly from political truths — as well as to examine the opposite end of the spectrum — how work based on aesthetics creates political import…and most of all, where do these two starting places converge?