'We are dealing in the arts with something powerful, inspirational and capable of effecting deep and positive change in people and in places...The arts indeed have the power to transform individuals, communities, places.' Peter Hewitt, Arts Council England.

The arts have the power to contribute positively to a wide range of social agendas: education, economic regeneration, health education and promotion, crime reduction and community development. The arts are flexible offering individuals and communities opportunities as both participants and audiences.