The power of putting theory into practice

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30 Nov 2017

Chrissie Tiller implores those working in participatory and social arts practice to embrace critical reflection.

Fewer teenagers engaging in music activities than ever before

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29 Sep 2017

The decline in young people participating in dance appears to be reversing, although the gender gap among children has never been wider.

Arts organisations encouraged to engage older audiences

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11 Aug 2017

New ‘Age-Friendly Standards’ launched by the Family Arts Campaign aim to complement existing standards for welcoming families.

Research supports theory that arts can heal society

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04 Aug 2017

People who engage with the arts are more likely to be charitable donors and volunteers, a new study has found. 

Community integration in south London

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21 Jul 2017

Félicie Kertudo tells how she visited the South London Gallery to find out more about how it involves the local community in a range of inclusive projects.

Welsh Government expands anti-poverty arts programme

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14 Jul 2017

A successful pilot of the ‘Fusion’ programme is credited with engaging nearly 5,000 people across Wales since its launch in 2015.

Civically engaged arts leaders are “over-stretched”, inquiry finds

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13 Jul 2017

Arts organisations have a key role to play helping communities “come together, to learn, debate and celebrate” but they need more support, according to a new report from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

A radical rescue plan

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13 Jul 2017

The Canterbury Heritage Museum has attracted fewer and fewer visitors in recent years, but a rescue plan involving the Marlowe Theatre is set to revitalise it. Janice McGuinness tells the story.

Arts engagement in Northern Ireland outpaces England

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30 Jun 2017

Arts attendance among people living in the most deprived areas has grown, but the gap between these areas and those of least deprivation has widened over the past decade. 

Boys really can dance

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29 Jun 2017

Why do boys tend to give up dance classes when they reach their teens? Kate Laho and Natalie Holasz discuss the findings of a recent survey conducted by The Place.

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.

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