It presents a snapshot of the early 1980s Belgrade underground music scene through bands like Radnička kontrola, Bezobrazno Zeleno, Profili Profili, Defektno Efektni, Urbana gerila, Petar i Zli Vuci, U Škripcu, Pasta ZZ, Via Talas and TV Moroni, all of whom took part in the compilation as means of showcasing their material to a wider audience.
The album didn't do much commercially, and was furthermore met with fairly indifferent reviews at the time of its release. Many feel that its general lack of prominence and appreciation came as a result of the popularity achieved by similarly conceptualized Paket aranžman compilation that was released one year earlier by the same label. Even the very idea of combining demo materials of different punk and new wave bands into a single compilation was met with a lot of opposition from punk purists who felt that two genres shouldn't mix.
However, in the years since, Artistička radna akcija has managed to gain some slightly wider recognition as a referential work that endeared itself to many.
Unlike Paket aranžman, which featured three young acts that almost immediately became critically acclaimed, even commercially successful, each one of the ten bands on Artistička radna akcija (with the exception of U škripcu) remained largely obscure. Still, some of their respective members later did rise to prominence either individually or as part of other bands, or even in other professions altogether. They include:
Along with Novi Punk Val and Paket aranžman, Artistička radna akcija is considered an important symbol of the Yugoslav New Wave era and the former Yugoslav Punk scene. The record which is a rarity and collectors item today still has a cult status in the countries that emerged after the breakup of Yugoslavia.