I just read about half of an incredible book called "After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art." Unfortunately, it was due at the library so I had to return it. Currently I'm reading a really fine book called "Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame" by Beverly Naidus, a local artist and instructor at UW-Tacoma. It's a wonderful read so far.
Here is a passage to chew on:
"Socially engaged art, as my peers and I have experienced it, is created in an expansive place that awakens peoples' voices, minds, and spirits in various ways. As for the clubs beating people over the heads, I am more concerned about the real ones that might hit my companeros when they demonstrate for peace and equal rights, than ones that might emerge from a sincere heart.