Our goal is to create opportunities and solutions that:
- actively engage a specific community, audience or group of stakeholders;
- meet defined social, cultural, economic and ecological objectives; and,
- initiate, implement, or support positive change.
The best way we know how to do this is through the disciplines of arts & cultural development; communication design; community engagement; and, enterprise development.
Our tools include: Design (print, web, multimedia, video), Publishing (print and digital), Photography, Animation, Craft, Fashion, Music, Technology and Visual and Performing Arts.
Arts & Cultural Development
With the arts, we can imagine the future, unpack the past, and confront the present.
We apply arts and cultural development practices to:
- Address issues of social disconnection and encourage active citizenship.
- Empower people to be cultural creators rather than consumers and recipients.
- Develop an individual’s capacity and ability to communicate effectively, think critically, collaborate and apply ideas to find solutions.
The world can be a noisy and cluttered place. It is estimated that each person encounters 3,000 to 5,000 ads and marketing messages every single day.
How do important ideas and messages get seen and heard? How do meaningful connections take place?
We use print, web and multimedia design to connect people, information, products and ideas in meaningful and responsible ways.
Community engagement describes the processes by which organisations and individuals build ongoing relationships with the broader community. Too often, community engagement is used as a reactive tool to seek opinion or address problems that exist as a consequence of poor planning processes.
Effective community engagement values the voice and ideas of diverse communities and encourages active participation in democracy, planning, policy development and decision-making.
Micro, social and creative enterprise can offer supported opportunities for marginalised groups and individuals to pursue sustainable economic development.
We seek to harness the power of enterprise and business for the benefit of communities and to address disadvantage.
We engage with, develop and model social and creative enterprise on a number of levels – as an organisation, in our programs, and through stakeholder support.