I was in Sheffield on Wednesday for a meeting of the Community Media Association Arts Project steering group. We reflected on the recent roadshows in the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire. We also started to look at how to continue to encourage arts groups and community media organisations to collaborate after this current project ends in August.
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On Friday afternoon I took part in a meeting of the ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage Special Interest Group. This gathering of Chief Executives of a range of arts and heritage organisations provides a valuable opportunity for peer support. In this week’s meeting we also discussed the work of the NCA/A&B Culture Forum, the forthcoming meeting representatives of the Special Interest Group are to have with the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, and the need to champion the importance of local authorities in relation to the arts and heritage.
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I was back in London on Friday for a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) roundtable consultation about The Big Society as part of the programme to reform and refresh informal adult and community learning (IACL). This was the second of a series of roundtable events. We looked in detail at how BIS-funded IACL provision currently supports the development of the Big Society vision and what more BIS-funded IACL could do to help build a Big Society. We also talked about how self-organised groups, including the tens of thousands of voluntary arts groups, could support the Big Society. I was interested to hear that the new Cabinet Office definition of Big Society now includes 5 ‘themes’: 1. empowering communities, 2. encouraging and enabling people to play a more active part in society, 3. transferring power from central Government, 4. supporting co-operatives, mutuals, charities and social enterprises and 5. publishing Government data.
On Thursday I also met Bonnie Mitchell and Arti Prashar from Connected Culture – the network celebrating adult participatory arts (http://connectedculture.ning.com/). We talked about developing better links between professional community artists and companies working in the area of adult participatory arts and the amateur arts sector and agreed to involve Connected Culture in the Arts Participation Manifesto development group.