Awakening Arts uses creativity and story sharing as a tool for social and personal healing and empowerment. The organisation believes stories being told and heard brings people together – fostering understanding, dignity in belonging and identity, and positive and lasting change for people and communities. Awakening Arts brings together diverse groups to explore personal stories, lived experience and living histories – whilst celebrating the traditions, values, knowledge, heritage and folklore of those involved. Through that work it preserves, revives and adds to ’folk’ and ‘outsider’ art, poetry and spoken word traditions such as dialect poems/monologues and oral histories. Everyone has a story to tell and that everybody’s story is important. Awakening Arts creates a space where stories can be shared, different perspectives heard, old ways celebrated and new forms of personal and communal culture to be created. It gives voice to stories less often heard, and tell stories which are in danger of being lost to time.
Our mission is to find ways of creatively celebrating and exploring the unique sense of personal, cultural and family identity of those we work with.