Filed under: meetings | Tags: England, funding, Northern Ireland, olympics, Scotland, UK, volarts, youth
On Tuesday afternoon I met Phil Chamberlain, Director of Strategy & External Relations at the Legacy Trust UK. We talked about the eclectic range of regional and national projects that have been funded by the Legacy Trust and the challenge they face in trying to get people to understand that all these projects are a direct result of London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Legacy Trust is keen to break down the perceptions that London 2012 is only about London and only about sport. We discussed the possible links between the Legacy Trust’s ‘Somewhere To’ youth campaign (which aims to open up spaces for a range of activities for 16 – 25 year olds) and both the Voluntary Arts Ireland Young Arts Creative Co-operatives project and The Learning Revolution ‘open spaces’ scheme. We also talked about the Voluntary Arts Scotland Make a Splash! Project, which is funded by the Legacy Trust as part of its Scottish project. And we discussed the Trust’s Community Celebrations grant fund, the deadline for applications to which has just passed. It was a very encouraging meeting and we identified a number of ways in which we might be able to work together in the future, including the possibility that the Legacy Trust might be able to provide us with evidence of the impact of arts participation from the evaluation of some of its funded projects.
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