Cultural Playing Field

Find your talent by Robin Simpson
March 6, 2008, 11:21 am
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On Wednesday Reemer and I were in London to meet James Stevens at DCMS who is responsible for overseeing the Government’s new ‘5 hours a week’ cultural offer to children (now disappointingly branded ‘Find Your Talent’). James was keen to reassure us that he saw voluntary arts groups as an important part of the cultural offer. ‘Find Your Talent’ is to be developed through 10 pilots over the next 3 years. Applications are invited by 7 April from partnerships wanting to run the pilots. James encouraged us to contact (and to invite voluntary arts umbrella bodies to contact) the ‘regional contact groups’ who are advising partnerships on their applications to stress the need for applications to consider the involvement of voluntary arts groups. He also said there would be opportunities for us to talk to the successful partnerships once the pilots are chosen to encourage them to build voluntary arts groups into their activities. It was great to be talking to DCMS about this at such an early stage in the process – and that they had invited us to see them. We were reassured by James that ‘Find Your Talent’ will provide a real opportunity to show children that the voluntary arts are an integral part of the wider cultural continuum and their local community. More details at:

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