Arts with communities “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein We work in communities that are labelled “hard to reach” and harness their creative energies. This approach enables the development of artwork that can be used as a tool to start difficult conversations, raise awareness or find solutions. This could be: a call for action around social or political issues; tackling discrimination in local communities; or integrating and connecting people from different backgrounds. Examples of how we can work with you We bring together different communities in order to celebrate diversity through the arts. We gather information about social issues from communities, collate these into eye-catching pieces and present them to commissioners, decision makers and politicians. See the picture above, which was created in coproduction with the Mental Health People's Parliament. We raise awareness of an issue within specific communities through photography. See Short Black N Sides, where stigma around mental health in BME communities is challenged. We work alongside our associates to deliver poetry slams and spoken word events. These have been successful with young people but can also be offered to staff as a team building or professional development opportunity. We create publications, digital books, videos, online shows and exhibitions of work.