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The Happy Museum Project

The Happy Museum Project, led by the Museum of East Anglian Life and funded through the Arts Council’s Renaissance Strategic support fund, is a programme to help museums look at and test the role they play in developing community resilience and wellbeing against global financial and environmental challenges.

Renaissance: a year on

It is just over a year since we announced the first museums funded through our Renaissance programme. Here Hedley Swain, Director, Museums, takes a look at what has been achieved since then.

Last month we announced a £17 million investment in English regional museums through the latest round of the Renaissance Strategic support fund, a good time to reflect on how much has happened since we first assumed responsibility for museums at the Arts Council in October 2011 and some of the challenges currently facing us.

Playing For Time

Theatre-maker and writer, Lucy Neal is working on a handbook mapping creative practices that inspire a sustainable future. Here she describes a residency with other artists at the Arvon Foundation retreat. Playing For Time is funded by Arts Council England and Transition Network, in partnership with Arvon, the Centre for Alternative Technology and the new economics foundation.

The rain it raineth: managing the impact of climate change on historic monuments

Arts Council England's sustainability lead, Ian Rimington, explores the environmental challenges facing heritage organisations

If I were to ask you how much you would give to protect a threatened world heritage site of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty, it would probably be a hard question to answer.

Artangel, BBC Radio 4 and an Open opportunity for artists

If you've been listening to BBC Radio 4 this week, any day at around 9:02am, you may have noticed a surprising disruption to the usual schedule. It would have lasted for three minutes and it would have sounded completely different to anything else on daytime radio.

Artists' international development interview – Luke Pell

Luke Pell was awarded £4,945 from the Artists’ international development fund for a 17-day research trip to New York and Washington, aiming to develop his practice as a performance curator working with diverse artists and communities.

Fun and games

Wednesday morning. I attend the first of Julie’s Bicycle’s Wednesday Webinars on environmental reporting for arts and cultural organisations. I’m not the most digitally up-to-date and webinars are new to me. This one is how to compete an Industry Green Tool entry. I watch a live on-screen demo whilst listening to Luke Ramsay from Julie’s Bicycle talk it through and answer questions.

Taking Part: What use is data?

Rachel McGuire, a Research Officer at Arts Council England, talks about our recently published regional Taking Part profiles, which look at cultural engagement across England, and the value of data in arts and culture.

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Live chat with Peter Bazalgette

Live chat with Arts Council Chair, Peter Bazalgette, Tuesday 5 March 2013.

Welcome to the Arts Council live chat blog. Questions and answers from the live chat will be posted below.

You can find out more about our upcoming live chats and download transcripts on our website. Join the live chat conversation #ACElivechat.

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