Cultural Playing Field

Overseeing the Cultural Olympiad by Robin Simpson
February 20, 2009, 11:18 am
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On Monday I was at Arts Council England’s London office to meet Leonie Sakey, ACE’s Vision 2012 Project Manager. Since I last saw Leonie she has been joined by a team of staff to oversee ACE’s involvement in the Cultural Olympiad. I outlined the progress we have been making in relation to the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival, the Olympics Volunteering Legacy Programme, our Legacy Trust project in Scotland, the planned ‘Up for Arts’ project in Liverpool with the Media Trust and BBC Radio Merseyside, the Office of the Third Sector participation portal and a further ‘Once in a Lifetime’ briefing for voluntary arts groups. Leonie thought the work we were doing was great and it would make a lot of sense to develop a Voluntary Arts Olympics Officer post. She also updated me on the first Inspire Mark projects, ACE’s ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ project, and the changes to the ‘hosting’ arrangements for the LOCOG regional Creative Programmers following the demise of the Regional Cultural Consortia in England (which will see most of the Creative Programmers being hosted by ACE). It was encouraging to see how much is now going on in relation to the Cultural Olympiad – making it all the more important to ensure the voluntary arts are properly represented.

Robin Simpson.

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