Cultural Playing Field

Participation, the arts and social change by Robin Simpson
December 17, 2010, 2:48 pm
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On Monday I was at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in London to meet Véronique Jochum, NCVO Research Manager and Tom Andrews, Chief Executive of People United, to discuss the session on ‘Participation, the arts and social change’ that we are preparing for the NCVO Annual Conference 2011 at The Brewery in London on Tuesday 1 March. This session will explore how the arts can be a catalyst for wider community engagement drawing in people who may otherwise not engage, which is particularly relevant in the context of the Big Society. It will also look at how the arts can contribute to social change and help address complex social problems creatively. Speakers will share perspectives and reflect on their experience by looking at exemplar projects that illustrate the potential of the arts within civil society and beyond. It is aimed at any organisation interested in thinking about how the arts could help them be more inclusive and innovative. Tom and I will be joined by Sam McLean, Director of Public Participation at the RSA and the session will be chaired by Tim Joss, Director of the Rayne Foundation. More details at:

Robin Simpson.


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