Cultural Playing Field

Volunteering in the arts by Robin Simpson
November 12, 2010, 4:50 pm
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I was back in London on Friday to chair a meeting about volunteering in the arts. It was great, after many years of trying, to finally get Arts Council England officers round a table with representatives of volunteering infrastructure organisations. Arts organisations use huge numbers of volunteers but hardly ever seem to engage with local volunteer centres, the national volunteering database or the vast resources of advice and best practice on volunteering. Joining officers from the Participation & Engagement, Arts Nation and London 2012 teams at ACE were representatives from Volunteering England, YouthNet, the Office for Civil Society and Tom Andrews from People United – a fascinating participative arts organisation based in Canterbury which Tom describes as a creative laboratory investigating empathy and group behaviour through the arts. It was an incredibly interesting discussion which identified a significant number of opportunities for arts organisations in relation to volunteering and concluded that ACE could play a vital role in connecting arts organisations to the volunteering infrastructure.

Robin Simpson.


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