Beyond Empathy (BE) uses the arts to influence change and enrich the lives of individuals and communities experiencing recurring hardship. BE began its Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) work in remote NSW. Today BE works in urban and suburban, regional and remote communities across Australia. BE works where multiple disadvantage is found: social and economic, individual and community. In BE’s experience, change is only possible over the long haul. Multiple interventions over many years are required to break cycles of disadvantage and embed new skills and attitudes among the individuals with whom we work. Using art forms that resonate with our participants, we aim to disrupt old ways of thinking and empower marginalised people to re-engage with their communities, create new narratives and shift perceptions. Disparate groups in our communities are drawn together by their exposure to and involvement in the inspiring art projects, dissolving entrenched generational and demographic attitudes. Our projects strive for culturally ambitious art works that are built from the contributions of many, diverse individuals and the stories that evolve from their relationships with community.