Community arts programs help communicate the aspirations of many grassroots communities. As seen by the programs conducted by Third Sector Research Center in England, there is much scope for the communities to project different social ideas through such programs. There is one such program that conducts what is known as the Dance around the world program. About 49000 such groups exist in England itself, where about 9.4 million people participate in such activities.
The voluntary sectors, as well as literary efforts of amateur arts, lead to such activities and their popularity. They also become a part of the big society which often has government agendas working behind them and have more support and funding. When it comes to grassroots activities, information on such activities often remains limited as well as the promotion of such programs. People need to know about the different community arts programs that exist in grassroots levels, the activities they comprise of and how they are executed. The benefits of such activities and why participants want to take part in such activities is often not understood or known.
These programs are usually considered amateur arts programs. These usually take part in by middle class, rural, conservative and disorganized sectors of communities. The arts groups might be called amateurs, but the efforts they produce cannot be written off easily. Their programs showcase thought processes that bring in new insight across gender, generation, and cultures. There are several groups that thrive in rural as well as urban communities. They exist in affluent as well as poor areas and the main distinguishing factor is diversity in these programs. For instance, Voluntary Arts is a UK based network that promotes amateur arts. Here the membership includes 140 different forms of art which can span dance groups, art classes, orchestra and other activities like beading.
The impact of grassroots arts program for communities is rich and complex. Even if the news of such programs does not make the front page of newspapers, these programs help involve members of a community which in turn encourages their creative processes, builds their confidence and social involvement skills. It also has direct effects on their mental and physical well being. Art activities, especially in older people, help them to make new friends and connections beyond their usual social lives. It helps them to overcome a sense of isolation that often comes into the lives of older people. Community concerns and social issues are also addressed through such programs.