Cultural Playing Field

Meeting the new Arts Council England Director of Diversity by Robin Simpson
November 28, 2013, 6:25 pm
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On Thursday afternoon I was at Arts Council England in Birmingham, with colleagues from our partner organisations Voice 4 Change and Black and Ethnic Minority Arts, to meet the new ACE Director of Diversity, Amanda Roberts. Amanda joined ACE three months ago and has a dual role as Director of ACE’s Birmingham office and national lead on diversity. Amanda updated us on her work to ensure diversity remains a priority within all of ACE’s funding streams. We talked about the Creative People and Places programme and the opportunities for black and minority ethnic groups to get involved. We discussed how to encourage more diverse work in ACE’s strategic touring programme. Amanda described the recent changes to the Grants for the Arts Lottery funding and how ACE is looking at better ways to track diversity within its funding. We also discussed the Cultural Commissioning Programme and the Creative Employment Programme. It was a very positive and wide-ranging meeting and we agreed to meet Amanda and members of her team again in a few months’ time.

Robin Simpson.