Cultural Playing Field

Discussing diversity with Arts Council England by Robin Simpson
March 7, 2014, 3:16 pm
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On Wednesday I was in London to meet Amanda Roberts, Director of Diversity at Arts Council England, with colleagues from our partner organisations Voice 4 Change and Black & Ethnic Minority Arts (BEMA). This was the second of our regular meetings to explore connections between ACE and voluntary BME arts groups. We talked about diminishing resources for equality work and the danger of equality becoming a luxury rather than a necessity. We discussed how ACE could better communicate its funding opportunities to BME artists and organisations. In particular we discussed the lack of awareness of the availability of small grants up to £15k from ACE’s Grants for the Arts Lottery fund. Applications under £15k now have a 6 week turnaround and a success rate of approximately 60%. We also discussed the Voluntary Arts Expert Advisory Panel which is about to start an investigation into the nature, scale and scope of creative cultural activity within black, Asian and ethnic minority communities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Amanda Roberts has agreed to sit on the Expert Advisory Panel and stressed how important she feels this initiative is. 

Robin Simpson.

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