We want to strengthen the bonds in communities, helping local people to build vibrant, confident places where they can fulfil their creative, human, and economic potential.
Places where the local economy works better for the people who live there, where there is equality of access to arts and culture, and where communities are at the heart of change.
Working with others, we will contribute to three key impact goals by 2030:
- Everyone can access the benefits of culture and creativity.
- Communities take an active role in decisions that affect them.
- Local economies work better for the people who live there.
We have four priorities through which we believe we can best contribute to these goals over the next five years.
Everyone can access the benefits of culture and creativity
Creativity transforming lives
We believe creative activity can help people facing difficult social or personal issues and can be a powerful way to call attention to inequality and injustice.Read More
Culture restoring communities
Culture and creative activity can help to restore communities most affected by inequalities and the impact of COVID-19, inspiring them to see themselves in new ways and to change the ways others see them.Read more
Communities take an active role in decisions that affect them
Local economies work better for the people who live there
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