In October 2014, the two UK-wide organisations that specifically support and represent local creative cultural activity, Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, launched a major new initiative in response to the changing landscape of cultural provision in local areas.
Our Cultural Commons sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. Ways based on the assets we already know we have and can deploy rather than beginning with a deficit in what we have lost or never had.
Making Music believes Our Cultural Commons is an important initiative for amateur and community music groups which rely on local infrastructure to flourish. Better joined up support means they can reach into their communities more effectively, enriching lives and transforming well-being by offering opportunities for music participation and engagement for all.
Our Cultural Commons will:
- collect evidence of existing innovative local collaborative practice to sustain and develop local cultural infrastructure and then promote best practice
- provide a space for discussion of potential solutions to the problems facing local cultural infrastructure and organisation and the debate on the nature of the cultural commons that we aspire to in the future
- empower and support the voice of those ‘local’ ambitions in debates on future national cultural policies, structures and funding
You can find out more about Our Cultural Commons and sign up to recieve updates on the campaign website.