It's not just being a single creative force as an artist, but you connect to something that is based in the community how you can make an e ffective impact on your community directly. It doesn't have to be done in prosperity and over a period of time to be appreciated later on; you can have an immediate e ffect. You don't have to be muttering in your studio months and weeks and years: No one knows the creative genius I am and what I'm doing here, they don't appreciate me... Forget about that! Get out and do something , because to me that's your role as a creative person. Seize the moment. It's not always about you. It's about us.
- Bert Samples in Houston Reflections: Art in the City 1950s 60s 70s