Regardless of the art form or tool used, ‘art for social change’ engages the members of an identified community using creative imagination and expression to work out identity, shared values and aspirations. It is hoped that participation in this kind of creative engagement would lower the threshold for many forms of social participation and social action, and would help people to find new ways to see and be engaged in the world.
While there is great potential for individual learning and development using the arts, issues affecting individuals are always considered in relation to group awareness and group interests. Building skills for social change requires meaningful participation in shaping collaboratively created work.
(Reference: Goldbard, A. (2006). New creative community. The art of cultural development. Oakland, California: New Village Press)