In a recent news story, a painting by Pablo Picasso was donated to an Australian university and sold at auction, on the condition that the money raised by the sale goes toward research. This is the news story:
Next time you are standing at your easel, painting something, think about this for a moment. Do you imagine that Picasso thought, for even one second, that what he was actually engaged in doing was ultimately raising substantial funds for medical research, which might have the potential to benefit millions of people? I doubt it.
Who is to say what impact your art will have on the world? We are all connected and everything you do has impacts and effects on everybody else, however large or small. That makes your art significant. That makes you, the artist, significant. It matters.