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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.
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.
Chelsea Theatre’s Community Development Manager Michelle Abbey discusses her career engaging audiences and promoting diversity.
Who has been attending the events marking Shakespeare’s death this year? James Doeser and Georgina Chapman reveal some surprises.
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.
Rhian Hutchings tells the story of how ArtWorks Cymru came to develop a set of quality principles for the participatory arts in Wales.
Nine out of ten adults engaged with a cultural activity in 2015, but the Scottish Household Survey reveals engagement is lower in disadvantaged areas.
Running a successful arts workshop is not easy, but remembering to be pragmatic and as collaborative as possible is key, says Nicky Goulder.
A new online resource aims to help arts practitioners develop a better understanding of the measures that improve the experience of participants.
Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.
A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.
To make useful art, don’t dumb down, dumb up, says Alistair Hudson.
Street parties, guerrilla gardening and engagement with cultural buildings must be encouraged if creativity is to become as accessible as sport, a new report has concluded.
Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.
An interactive guide to Kettle’s Yard’s collection is engaging a wide audience online. Lucy Wheeler shares what she had learned from the project.
The words ‘great’ and ‘art’ should be taken out of Arts Council England’s strategic framework, a Select Committee has been told.
Following the third year of the DCMS Taking Part’s longitudinal study, a new report reveals who attends the arts most often and why people stop engaging.
70 years after public money was first put towards increasing the accessibility of the arts, Steven Hadley asks if it’s a never-ending task.
We accept income as a strong predictor of cultural taste. But why should this be, asks sociologist Aaron Reeves. And does taste matter as much as actual participation?
Changes to England’s quarterly survey of arts participation will see new questions added about barriers to engagement.