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Voluntary Arts Week 2012 by Robin Simpson
May 17, 2012, 3:49 pm
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Voluntary Arts Week 2012 has been taking place across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. More than 100 events have been registered on the Voluntary Arts Week website, at http://www.voluntaryartsweek.org. Voluntary Arts Scotland ran a launch event in an empty shop in Falkirk on Saturday. A host of local groups gave visitors the chance to try their hand at activities such as floral art and playing the guitar and drums, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm5KpBYyl6Y. The Voluntary Arts Ireland team visited the Open Source event in Belfast at the weekend, see: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.364938660235835.88872.197806216949081&type=3. The Voluntary Arts England/BBC Radio Merseyside Up for Arts project in Liverpool gave significant on-air coverage to Voluntary Arts Week: Helen Jones broadcast 5 slots on BBC Radio Merseyside to promote Voluntary Arts Week and her Voluntary Arts Week trail has been played 18 times. We also established an Up for Arts choir as part of Voluntary Arts Week. I wrote a guest blog about Voluntary Arts Week which was featured on the official Department for Culture Media and Sport website, see: http://blogs.culture.gov.uk/main/2012/05/voluntary_arts_week.html. Kelly wrote a great article about Voluntary Arts Week which was published on the Guardian website, see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/may/15/voluntary-arts-crafts-week?CMP=twt_gu. There has been extensive discussion of Voluntary Arts Week on Twitter, using the hashtag #voluntaryartsweek. And on Wednesday afternoon I hosted the Voluntary Arts Week LIVE webcast: you can watch the video recording at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WlTdvTdYyo. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to making Voluntary Arts Week 2012 such a success.

Robin Simpson.

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