Cultural Playing Field

Progressing the action plan for the voluntary arts in England by Robin Simpson
December 12, 2008, 4:56 pm
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This afternoon Reemer and I attended a further meeting with officers from ACE and DCMS to discuss the progress in the development of the ACE voluntary arts action plan. We spent some time discussing when we might be able to publicly launch the action plan – given that some of the actions have already started but others are still being defined. We agreed to work towards making the plan public by February 2009. We also agreed the details of the regular consultative meetings proposed by the action plan between ACE and representatives of the voluntary arts sector. These meetings will give the sector active involvement in policy development and the ACE public engagement campaign. There will be an annual senior-level forum in June, chaired by the ACE Chief Executive, to monitor progress on and current barriers to effective partnership working between the sector, Local Government and ACE. There will also be six-monthly meetings focusing on particular art-forms which will bring together voluntary arts umbrella bodies and the art-form and cross-cutting directors in the ACE National Arts Strategy Team to discuss emerging policy and its impact on the development of the amateur sector. There is some really exciting potential emerging from the voluntary arts action plan and the next few months promise some major developments in the sector’s relationship with Arts Council England.

Robin Simpson.

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