The Greater Manchester Strategic Arts Fund was established in 2004 and aimed to broaden access to – and raise the quality of – the arts experience across ten local authorities. This article provides an overview of the eight different cross-authority projects, along with the key outcomes and impacts found during the project evaluation.
The most notable outcomes were the positive impacts on local communities, involving a broad range of people from different backgrounds and abilities, developing their skills and showcasing their talents at community, countywide, regional and national events.
Garden of Delights: A district wide celebration and collaboration project led by a Cross- Authority Steering Group and delivered by Manchester International Arts. The countywide project provided a showcase for local arts provision and succeeded in attracting significant additional investment, local and national media coverage and audiences of up to 50,000 people.