These organisations understand their role in their localities. They are aware of, and respond to, opportunities to work with other community partners including those from other sectors to meet local needs.
The local community plays a significant role in determining the artistic programme.
These organisations are effective in developing community skills, capabilities and creativity.
Often significant volunteering opportunities are provided. Sometimes the organisation focuses on encouraging kindness, empathy and understanding of others.
This is quality in both process and in artistic output. They tend to believe that in order to have a positive social impact, the art produced must be of the highest possible quality.
They aspire to fully represent their communities and to tell untold stories and to give a platform to people and issues which may often be ignored or insufficiently recognised.
They encourage discussion and debate often on difficult issues. They challenge prevailing orthodoxies and ways of working.
They engage in on-going reflection and dialogue and are open to challenge.