Many people think of artists as loners hidden away in garrets or studios, but for the most part, artists are involved in their communities with a mission to bring art out to others or others in to art. Second to creating, is helping others learn to create, too. I have been fortunate to work with students in an alternative program in my school district where the students collaborated in producing two very beautiful mosaic pieces which are hung on the wall at the entrance of the school.
In addition to donating time and talent, artists bring revenue into their communities during their art tours or special exhibits. People visit their galleries or studios and dine at local establishments, fill up on gas, stay overnight at hotels, and when we have welcomed our visitors warmly, they make a point to return again. People like hanging out with artists.