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The Art of Making the Case

Our Midlands Area Director, Peter Knott, tells us how we need to share our stories in order to keep making the case for public investment in arts and culture. 

I think we would all agree that we are working in a time of economic challenge, but opportunities, possibilities and above all a positive future remain obtainable.  These are extraordinary times and we need to find extraordinary solutions.

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A blog from Alan Davey: The Devolution Opportunity

It is a generally accepted view among business leaders that cities and regions are drivers of economic growth more than nations and governments.

As Nigel Wilson, chief executive of Legal & General has observed: ‘The US doesn’t just have New York – San Francisco, LA, Boston and others are also premier league cities. In Germany, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich thrive alongside Berlin. We need the same in the UK.’

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Reasons not to work in a museum

The dinner table conversation at my house last week revolved around the difficult environment facing museums at the moment. My family were asking me the question:

‘Why would anyone choose to work in a museum?’

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'Believe you can and you're halfway there.' Theodore Roosevelt

Last week I attended two presentations given to Arts Council England Relationship Managers by Catherine Langabeer, Operations Director at Julie's Bicycle. Her talk focused on the background to why Sustainability matters, what the arts council is asking of organisations and how Julie’s Bicycle helps to deliver this.

Working together or putting the wagons in a ring?

Unfortunately the catalyst for collaboration across our sector has often been finance rather than creative zeal. As the current context demonstrates, faced with future financial austerity we are once again attempting to co-operate across and within arts forms (and with the Arts Council) to get our financial arguments heard in government rather than to fully embrace collaborative working as a long-term organisational development strategy.

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