William Eichler 10 August 2016

New programme will give 600 youths access to the arts, Whitehall claims

A new programme promoting cultural engagement within disadvantaged communities will provide 600 young people increased access to the arts, the Government claims.

The Cultural Citizens Programme will offer a range of cultural activities, such as free visits to local plays, behind the scenes access to museums and galleries, and exclusive trips to world class venues.

It will be piloted in Liverpool and Blackpool, Birmingham, and Barking and Dagenham this September, and delivered by Arts Council England and partnership organisations.

If the programme is successful, it will be rolled out across the country.

‘Arts and culture are an integral part of British society - it boosts tourism, improves our wellbeing and provides a source of local pride and identity. We want to ensure that it is available to everyone, no matter what their background,’ secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley said.

‘The Cultural Citizens Programme will open doors for hundreds of young people across the country, so they can enjoy our fantastic arts and culture scene, and gain the skills to build careers in this thriving sector.’ Darren Henley, chief executive of the Arts Council England, said: ‘Our investment in the Cultural Citizens Programme will help to ensure that more children and young people will have the opportunity to engage with art and culture, regardless of their background.

‘We hope the scheme will complement our existing programmes for children and young people, and help to nurture the cultural citizens of the future.’

This new programme is introduced against a background of a general decrease in investment in the arts and culture.

A recent Arts Council report, entitled Funding Arts and Culture in an Age of Austerity, showed that while councils in England are still the biggest investors in culture at £1.2bn a year, funding was still cut by 17% with further cuts expected to come.

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Standard Care Broker

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£28,470 - £29,502
You will be working as part of a Brokerage Team. You should have a good understanding of Personalisation/The Care Act and Direct Payments. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Mental Health Commissioning Manager

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£46,638 - £49,674
It is an exciting time to join Greenwich as part of an Integrated Commissioning Unit for Adults. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Director (Operations)

Cambridgeshire County Council
£79,467 - £102,014
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive and working closely with elected Members. Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Administrator/Receptionist - Childrens Centres

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
£20,444 - £22,571
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Supporting Families Service to work front of house Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Recuriter: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Highways Road Worker

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£21,269- £24,920
An exciting opportunity for a Highways Road Worker has arose based at Taylors Lane, Oldbury. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.