Cultural Playing Field


Arts Council England public engagement campaign by Robin Simpson
August 28, 2009, 12:47 pm
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Also on Thursday I met Clara Goldsmith at Arts Council England to hear the latest about the Arts Council’s planned public engagement campaign, which is due to launched in April 2010. Clara confirmed that the campaign is definitely still about increasing both audiences and participation. We talked about online mechanisms for signposting to arts participation opportunities and I suggested Clara contact the team at YouthNet who are developing an online channel for volunteering opportunities inspired by 2012. I also advised her to talk to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about the informal learning portal proposed in the ‘Learning Revolution’ white paper. One significant development is that Clara is now planning a series of events in shopping centres around England next year – very much modelled on the Voluntary Arts England/Media Trust ‘Up for Arts’ festival at the Metro Centre, Gateshead, in 2007.  I was reassured and encouraged that the ACE public engagement campaign will provide exciting opportunities for voluntary arts groups to raise their profile and attract new members.

Robin Simpson.


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