Cultural Playing Field

Creative People and Places by Robin Simpson
January 20, 2012, 9:38 am
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On Tuesday I was in London to meet Phil Cave at Arts Council England to discuss the new Creative People and Places programme. Creative People and Places will focus Arts Council England investment in parts of the country where people’s involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average, with the aim of increasing the likelihood of participation. A total of £37 million will be available to establish around 15 Creative people and places projects between April 2012 and 31 March 2015. The programme is going to be launched on 30 January. For it to be effective, Phil stressed, Creative People and Places will need to work with the commercial arts and the amateur sector as well as with subsidised professional arts organisations. Voluntary Arts is working with ACE to oversee the involvement of amateur arts organisations in the programme. We will be promoting Creative People and Places to the amateur arts sector, helping to evaluate the involvement of amateur groups in the programme, providing practical assistance to the 15 local projects and working with ACE to research the most effective models for encouraging greater participation in the arts. It is a wonderful opportunity for Voluntary Arts and the sector we represent to work hand-in-hand with ACE and with professional arts organisations to get more people participating in the arts.

Robin Simpson.

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