Engaging ordinary people into meaningful dialogue with culture is quite a challenge. Changing attitudes, removing barriers and developing significant cultural links demand time, money and commitment. Ros Fry advocates strong partnerships and face-to-face dialogue as the key.
Dozens of projects and schemes have been taking place in the area, all initiated by children, schools and arts organisations working in total partnership. Many have brought artists or performers into schools to create work or develop skills. Others have brought children and young people into cultural organisations to experience, participate in or promote events. All have involved major shifts in attitude and systems on both sides.