Community arts and health programs are recognized as powerful contributors to mental health and wellbeing, reducing social isolation and strengthening community connection. They attract individuals with diverse lived experience and are invaluable learning environments for consumers and undergraduate mental health nursing students. This paper reports on the evaluation of StARTalking, a community arts and health program in Melbourne, Australia. The study aimed to better understand the consumer and student experience participating in the program. The themes, Finding connection/Taking time out, clearly indicate that embedding arts and health in mental health nursing education supports consumer and student learning, health and wellbeing.