I love this idea, for both the community is might help create and its consciousness-raising possibilities:
The Work Office (TWO) is a multidisciplinary art project disguised as an employment agency. Informed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the Great Depression in the 1930s, TWO is a gesture to "make work" for visual and performing artists, writers, and others by giving them simple, idea-based assignments to explore, document, or improve life in New York. From a central office, TWO’s administrators will interview, register, and hire employees; assign, collect, and exhibit work; and distribute Depression-era wages to employees during weekly Payday Parties.
If you go to this page, you can see lots of great images of TWO artists at work. I’d like to see a TWO storefront in every American city!