Arts Council England has launched its ten year strategy for the period 2020-30, Let’s Create.
The strategy presents a vision of “a country transformed by culture, bringing us together, happier, healthier. To excite, inspire, delight. To enrich our lives.”
Let’s Create is focused on three primary outcomes, all of which are of huge importance to Pioneering Places:
- Creative People
- Cultural Communities
- A Creative and Cultural Country
Let’s Create and Pioneering Places
As one of the largest of the national Great Place Schemes, funded through a unique partnership between Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund, Pioneering Places is one example of where Arts Council “already works in partnership to develop and strengthen cultural opportunities in rural and urban areas across the country”.
Working across four sites in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate – and with four different Local Authorities – Pioneering Places demonstrates the benefits of investing in Cultural Communities, as set out in Let’s Create, including:
- Investment in cultural activities and in arts organisations, museums and libraries helps improve lives, regenerate neighbourhoods, support local economies, attract visitors and bring people together
- The powerful role culture can and should play in transforming the streets, boroughs and neighbourhoods where people live
- Support communities to use creativity and culture to create thriving places to live, work, study and visit
- When the cultural sector works closely with community partners, the activity itself is richer and more relevant, resources go further, and greater civic and social benefits are delivered
- Cooperation between cultural organisations and local partners is particularly effective when it is aimed at supporting children and young people
- Support towns, cities and villages to use culture to connect, nationally and internationally