Cultural Playing Field

Participation and excellence by Robin Simpson
July 24, 2008, 3:12 pm
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On Wednesday I was back at DCMS to attend the first meeting of the new Participation and Excellence Programme Board. The purpose of this group is to oversee the department’s progress against its targets on cultural opportunities and participation and encouraging excellence. Chaired by DCMS Director General Andrew Ramsay, the Board comprises three DCMS Directors and the Chief Executives of five Non Departmental Public Bodies (Arts Council England, English Heritage, Sport England, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the National Museum Director’s Conference) and me. It’s wonderful that the importance of the voluntary arts is now being recognised to this extent and very exciting to be part of this new Board. Our first meeting was largely a progress report on existing DCMS initiatives relating to participation and excellence. I look forward to helping to develop further how the voluntary arts sector could be involved in these and future activities.

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