Creative People and Places scheme opens to new projects
Arts Council England is investing £24million over the next four years in its Creative People and Places scheme, to support work in those areas of the country falling into the bottom third in terms of engagement with creative and cultural practice. Please share information about this opportunity amongst your networks. ACE is looking for community groups, cultural organisations or other organisations, such as clubs or local businesses.
ACE is running information events about the scheme into mid-November. ACE says “You might not have worked with arts and culture before, but this event is an opportunity for you to find out how the fund can support you in transforming your community, putting power in the hands of local people and giving them a real say in the arts and culture in your area”.
A Mindful Mess, Poplar – 9-11 November 2018
Sunday Assembly East End, Poplar Union and Antenna Collective are hosting a free three-day festival of music, cabaret, workshops, film, talks, art and more exploring the mind, promoting mental health to facilitate a more collective, creative, diverse and sophisticated conversation around mental health, and promoting a greater understanding of ‘neurodiversity’ – the principle that neurological differences should be recognised and respected like any other.
New Nesta fund for arts organisations demonstrating social impact
Nesta's new £3.7m fund will make small repayable loans to English arts, cultural and creative organisations to support increased social impact and resilience.
The Cultural Impact Development Fund will offer unsecured loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 to help organisations “articulate, monitor and evaluate their social impact”. Recipients of longer term loans that can demonstrate they are achieving their goals will be rewarded with lower interest rates.
Arts leaders risk burnout
A recent report on cultural leadership has called for more diverse leadership, and indicated that arts leaders' creativity and capacity to problem-solve is being impacted by the precarity of the sector. Independent consultant Sue Hoyle and researchers at Kings College London (KCL) discuss the challenge of supporting a workforce during periods of change. The report will inform ACE's forthcoming 10-year strategy.
The full report is also attached here
New Loneliness Strategy lists arts and culture as key areas
The government's new Loneliness Strategy, published on 16 October, discusses a cross-governmental approach to loneliness that builds on the Secretary of State's pilot work with social prescribing. The Prime Minister's Introduction to the Strategy says that:
"...the expansion of social prescribing across the country will change the way that patients experiencing loneliness are treated. Recognising that medical prescriptions alone cannot address the root causes of loneliness, it will invest millions of pounds in ways of connecting people with community support that can restore social contact in their lives."
The Strategy states that "The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work with Arts Council England to address loneliness through its programmes, as well as utilising the loneliness measure in its work. Alongside this, the department will raise awareness of the role that libraries can play, including through Libraries Week."
On p.54 it says "The Arts Council, supported by the organisations it funds, will work with public health providers to provide arts and cultural programmes as part of the planned expansion of social prescribing. Arts Council England has strong partnerships, sector support organisations and regional networks to achieve this. For example, Arts Council England funds the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance to support and develop cultural practitioners wishing to engage with health and wellbeing. This also raises the profile of the work within the wider cultural community."
Read the full strategy
Read the government's press release
Arts Council England consultation, London events – 6-14 November 2018
ACE is currently running a series of consultation events across the country for its new 10-year strategy, including in London between 6 and 14 November. The framework features health and wellbeing more prominently than in previous ACE strategies - as well as the concept of 'community-led' practice. It also seeks to shift its language from 'arts' to 'creativity' and 'culture'.
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is developing guidance for organisations and individuals working with creative or cultural practice, health and wellbeing. Access the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance guidance here, as well as ACE's documentation and dates for consultation events elsewhere in the country.
Sign up here for a London event
HEartS project seeks evidence on music and wellbeing
The HEartS project is currently trying to find out whether and how music works in all of our lives to impact our wellbeing. HEartS is a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, which explores the impact of the arts and culture on health and wellbeing.
Take the survey
Read more about HEartS
Call for image/video bank for Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
If you have high-quality, high-resolution images, photographs or videos that reflect the impact of creativity and culture on health and wellbeing, we would love to hear from you. We would like to share these images on the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance website and bulletin, in our marketing materials, and for press/PR. All materials will be fully credited.
Please contact the Alliance Director, Victoria Hume, to submit materials or discuss further. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
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