Cultural Playing Field

Refining the action plan for the voluntary arts in England by Robin Simpson
October 30, 2008, 10:10 am
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On Monday I was in London for a meeting at Arts Council England to discuss the latest draft of ACE’s action plan for the voluntary arts sector. Reemer and I fed back to the ACE and DCMS officers the views of voluntary arts umbrella bodies on each of the proposed actions. David Brownlee and Meli Hatzihrysidis reported back to us on their visits to ACE’s regional offices to discuss the draft action plan and how to improve links with the voluntary arts sector. To date they had been to seven of the nine regions. They said that they had found a large amount of warmth and understanding of the potential of the voluntary arts and an acceptance that ACE was not engaging with the sector in the way it could and maybe should at regional level. Many ACE officers had, however, raised issues about capacity and the pragmatic practicalities of increasing engagement with the sector and were cautious about over-promising what might be possible at a time when ACE is facing substantial cuts. We talked about how best to launch the action plan publicly, whilst appreciating that its implementation is likely to iterative, with some actions having started while we are still finalising the others. We agreed to produce an interim joint statement from ACE, DCMS and VAE to explain the work that is being done as a result of the ‘Our Creative Talent’ research and conference and to highlight the outcomes the action plan is striving for.

Robin Simpson


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