Reading these two article also made me realize how sheltered we are to the problems and situations going on around us. There is so much protest art out their, either through things like the cobblestones, or songs, or posters which we are never exposed to or shown because it doesn't directly affect our culture. While you can learn about lots of the violence associated with protests from the news, it's difficult to find the positive information about people spreading their message in an effective and productive matter.
I think sheltering and censorship can often happen on accident, by simple lack of information. I had never heard of the Guerrilla Girls, while I was still aware of their message. I was shocked when I read how long they had been active, and shocked also by the fact that I hadn't heard of them by now. I think that on an introspective level I need to do more outside research to figure out who is making art and statements which I agree or support.
I wish the articles, mainly the first one, had given more examples of the art they were describing. I really liked the idea of art serving a functional purpose in protest and I wish that there had been more information supporting this idea. Both articles made me question what I know about protest art, and made me think about how much more I need to be aware and purposefully look for art, both locally and internationally. Overall, I liked the different ideas the two articles were making, one about a specific group, and one about a process or idea as a whole.