Creating cultural democracy

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22 Jun 2017

Only 8% of people regularly engage with publicly funded art, but every day people are creating their own versions of culture. Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross report on research that makes the case for a new approach to cultural policy.

Programming in partnership

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14 Jun 2017

mac Birmingham’s outreach programmes are creating meaningful dialogue between the arts centre and local communities, artists and cultural organisations. Daniel Fountain spoke to those involved to find out how.

How to… attract family audiences

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23 May 2017

Don’t be afraid of fun, catch them early and remember that everyone loves LEGO – Michelle Lally shares her tips for engaging young people and families in the arts.

Spotting young talent

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18 May 2017

A week-long arts residency involving young NEETs was a far cry from some ‘old skool’ outreach projects. Ammo Talwar reveals what was needed to re-engage with them ‘street-style’.

Creating real connections

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18 May 2017

As technology becomes an increasingly distracting force, it’s down to live entertainment to tempt people to set aside their devices and be present with each other, says Dave Wakeman.

Brilliant app design

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04 May 2017

In the competitive world of apps, how can a cultural tour app stand out? Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne identify five key features.

Taking Part reports decline in diversity

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28 Apr 2017

Levels of arts engagement in England have been static for the past decade, and have fallen significantly among the Asian population, according to a new Government report.

Arts outreach projects should focus on ‘fun’, report says

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19 Apr 2017

Work with local communities is challenging and most likely to succeed in collaboration with organisations that already target those communities, according to a new report. 

A dialogue with the audience

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23 Mar 2017

In a bid to listen more to its audiences, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launched a collaborative project that resulted in an ‘audience manifesto’. Amanda Dalton shares the surprising results.

From street lights to stage lights

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23 Mar 2017

Drama can boost the wellbeing of homeless people, but engaging them is not without challenges. Jon Randall shares his experiences producing and touring theatre with Lancaster’s homeless community.

Marketing a sensitive and brutal history

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20 Mar 2017

The rise of the selfie has created new problems for those managing ‘dark tourism’ sites, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Félicie Kertudo examines how they can promote themselves ethically. 

How to… get young people interested in the arts

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06 Mar 2017

Forget talk about millenials and generation Y – what does a teenager think is the best way to engage young people in the arts? Tia Duff offers her advice.

Reaching out to young people

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02 Feb 2017

Aside from pockets of innovative practice, many arts organisations are at a loss as to how to engage young people, who behave and think quite differently to older marketers and programmers. Lucie Fitton offers an insight into their world.

How to… get boys dancing

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19 Jan 2017

How do you get a room full of sniggering teenage boys enthusiastic about dance? Helen Ganberg says it’s not easy, but experience shows it is possible.

The arts on your doorstep

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05 Jan 2017

Community engagement teams have been visiting every neighbourhood in Hull to make sure no one misses out on this year’s programme of culture. Martin Green explains how they hope to build interest in the arts. 

Job ladder – Michelle Abbey

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05 Jan 2017

Chelsea Theatre’s Community Development Manager Michelle Abbey discusses her career engaging audiences and promoting diversity.  

Awareness versus engagement

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24 Nov 2016

Who has been attending the events marking Shakespeare’s death this year? James Doeser and Georgina Chapman reveal some surprises.

On a mission to matter

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27 Oct 2016

How can arts organisations ensure they matter to their audiences and funders? Sara Lock has been learning from Nina Simon, author of The Art of Relevance.

Articulating quality

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13 Oct 2016

Rhian Hutchings tells the story of how ArtWorks Cymru came to develop a set of quality principles for the participatory arts in Wales. 

Cultural engagement in Scotland at all-time high

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07 Oct 2016

Nine out of ten adults engaged with a cultural activity in 2015, but the Scottish Household Survey reveals engagement is lower in disadvantaged areas.

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