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19th July 2013 Sara Lock

Resources tagged with "community engagement"

How to…co-create an exhibition with your community

A step-by-step toolkit written by Lauren Benetua, Nina Simon and Stacie Marie Garcia. Published by Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

By OFBYFOR ALL, Nina SimonPublished:2019 Type: guide-toolkit


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OF/BY/FOR/ALL change network. Launch video with Nina Simon.

Nina Simon shares the vision behind OF/BY/FOR/ALL, a new global initiative to help civic and cultural organisations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. A video of the launch at MuseumNext.  

By Nina Simon, OFBYFOR ALLPublished:2019 Type: blog


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Treasury of arts activities for older people

A treasury of arts activities for older people. 50 activities, long and short for use with older people in any setting. Published by The Baring Foundation. Written by Liz Postlethwaite

By The Baring FoundationPublished:2019 Type: guide-toolkit


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Ideas Test: the use of non-traditional art spaces to increase community engagement

A Creative People and Places case study for CultureHive. Ideas Test is a Creative People and Places funded project that aims to increase opportunities for people in Swale & Medway to take part in arts and creative activity in ways they choose.

By Ideas TestPublished:2019 Type: case-study


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Outdoor Arts Audience Report 2018

This report has been produced by The Audience Agency in partnership with Outdoor Arts UK. “The work challenges and entertains; it is our most inclusive and empowering art form; it captivates communities and inspires innovation and cohesion.” Outdoor Arts UK

By The Audience Agency, Outdoor Arts UKPublished:2018 Type: research


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Ideas Test: engaging communities in the arts

Ideas Test shares how working with Community Catalysts has changed local perceptions of art and is helping redefine it into something which is accessible, interesting and relevant.

By Ecorys UK, Creative People and Places NetworkPublished:2017 Type: case-study


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Creative People and Places: End of Year 3 Evaluation Report

Discover the lessons learned from Creative People and Places and spark your thinking about how to engage those in your community who are least engaged in the arts.

By Ecorys UKPublished:2017 Type: research


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Bringing the Boldre Hoard home: community engagement sparks fundraising success

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery’s Boldre Hoard Appeal won The Brown Creative Award for Best Campaign under £100,000 in the Emcees Awards 2017, run by The National Arts Fundraising School. Mark Tomlinson shares the secrets behind their success.

By Mark TomlinsonPublished:2017 Type: case-study


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Building trust and a ladder of arts engagement

Jane Wells shares how First Art's wide range of opportunities for engagement helped members of Bolsover Poetry Group transition from grassroots participants to commissioners and performers.

By Jane Wells, First ArtPublished:2017 Type: case-study


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Staying relevant in a changing neighbourhood

Discover how Fleisher Art Memorial is adapting to shifting demographics in its Southeast Philadelphia community. This case study by Bob Harlow was published by The Wallace Foundation.

By The Wallace FoundationPublished:2017 Type: case-study


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Artist residency reveals culture and food as powerful ingredients for engagement

Katie Musgrove shares how basing internationally renowned Filipino artist Alwin Reamillo at Canalside Community Centre in Burnley helped engage local communities.

By Katie MusgrovePublished:2017 Type: case-study


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Active Ashfield: engaging non-arts audiences through creative partnerships

Creative People and Places project First Art shares its experience of weaving arts activities into an established non-arts event.

By Kevin Tennant, First ArtPublished:2017 Type: case-study


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Starter Course – how to inspire people from the start

A video case study introducing Appetite's Starter Course initiative, which was designed to get groups in Stoke excited about the arts.

By AppetitePublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Your Name Here

Learn how a new artist commission sparked mass participation and the eventual renaming of a park in St.Helens, Merseyside.

By Heart of GlassPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Made in Corby: engaging communities in the arts

Learn from Made in Corby's experience of engaging communities in the arts in this case study that focuses on approaches, successes and lessons learnt.

By Ecorys UKPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Engaging communities in the arts

Explore Creative Barking and Dagenham's approach to community engagement in this case study, which focuses on the impact and outcomes of the programme and examines good practice and sustainability.

By Ecorys UKPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Artist@Work – Creating demand from the arts through working with local business

Learn how Creative Scene created demand from the arts by working with local businesses in North Kirklees.

By Creative ScenePublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Right Up Our Street: Engaging Communities in the Arts

Right Up Our Street uses a model of grassroots development, with an Arts Supporter on the ground, to connect people and drive forward creative ideas from a community team.

By Ecorys UKPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Engaging Communities 'On Your Doorstep'

By being flexible and adapting its project to suit the community, Transported built up trust and engaged local people in arts activity at Fenside Community Centre.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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The Light Ships: Engaging village communities

By harnessing the energy of Church Wardens, Transported successfully connected with village communities and developed arts activity that cast churches in a different light.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Policies for the people

The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three-year programme running from July 2013 to June 2016, funded by Arts Council England.The programme works to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to enable public service commissioners to increase their awareness of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver their outcomes. In this article, Project Manager Jessica Harris considers the question: what would our public services look like if we used wellbeing evidence to inform policy-making?  This article was originally published by Arts Professional.

Published:2015 Type: article


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A Place of Constant Surprises – The making of a community play

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, a charity in South Devon, was opened in 2010 as an innovative solution to the lack of appropriate facilities for people with disabilities once they reach adulthood. Working with guests, visitors and staff, a ground-breaking piece of new theatre was created telling the stories of the people at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne. Through creative workshops and one-to-one interviews, a final draft of the play with the working title A Place of Constant Surprises was produced. This evaluation report looks at the processes and benefits gained from this project as well as exploring the potential implications for this and future projects.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Latino New South: case study in innovation and adaptive capacity

This US-based case study looks at the collaborative work of three organizations - Levine Museum of the New South, the Atlanta History Center, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute - and their shared innovation project, Latino New South. Latino New South was a project incubated through EmcArts.org's Innovation Labs for Museums programme. It is an innovative effort towards improving three cultural organisation's capacities for integrating Southern Latino communities through stakeholder engagement, community building and programming.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Transported Live: Assault Events at Elsoms

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme that aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. The programme has eleven different strands of arts activity, one of which is Transported Live: taking projects to the workplace and to those who wouldn’t normally engage with the arts. This case study describes how Assault Events were given the opportunity to work within the factory environment of Elsoms, a leading UK independent plant breeding (seeds) business.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Transported: arts engagement in rural Lincolnshire

Transported is a Creative People and Places project funded by Arts Council England. This document describes the projects that Transported is currently working on to help raise levels of arts engagement in rural Lincolnshire.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Pop Up Shops Handbook

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme that aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. This guide written on behalf of Transported by Dan Thompson of the Empty Shops Network, explains how to use empty shops as an effective arts space.

Published:2015 Type: guide-toolkit


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On Your Doorstep

In 2014 Transported’s On Your Doorstep project asked people in Boston Borough and South Holland to nominate public spaces which they felt were in need of creative enhancement or improvement. Working with the nominators, Transported have commissioned appropriate and exciting artwork to breathe new life into public spaces.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Transported Empty Shops Report

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme that aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. This report on Transported's Empty Shops project explains how empty shops were utilised as pop up arts spaces in August 2013.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Visions for the future – a key part of society

The region in which Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima) is situated has very little arts infrastructure. It is a region with high poverty, high unemployment and very low life expectancy – where the art gallery is based, the average life expectancy is 54 year’s old. It was a risk to put an international contemporary art gallery in an area with such challenges. Kate Brindley, then Director of Mima spoke about the organisation with a view to offering delegates some encouragement, ideas and some hope.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Arts access programme for regional South Australian communities

Country Arts SA is one of South Australia’s largest arts organisations, providing arts and services across regional South Australia through a range of arts programs and initiatives, the management of performing and visual arts venues, and the provision of grant funding which supports the creative endeavours of communities and individuals. This case study provides a brief overview of the work of the Country Arts’ Learning Connections programme and shares some of the challenges they face when working in rural areas with a geographically widespread group of artists and schools.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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A model for sustainable arts marketing in the education sector

Founded in 2002 the Windmill Theatre is a not-for-profit performing arts company based in Adelaide, Australia. This case study describes how Windmill's award-winning Arts Community and Education Program reflects the company's belief that capturing the imaginations of young people early in their development helps to establish a life-long love of the arts. Using educators to facilitate direct dialogue between artists and young audiences, their projects include Artists in Residence (AIR) programmes, participatory workshops, university-based research projects and a schools’ education programme targeted at the Australian education sector.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Key ingredients for successful community engagement

Cynthia Patterson, Programming, Artist Services and Judith Rhedin, Assistant Director, Campus and Community Engagement of Texas Performing Arts share their thoughts on successful community engagement.  They outline the work of the Campus & Community Engagement Team at the University of Texas based arts centre.  This resource outlines some of the audience development challenges (and benefits) of being a university-based performing arts organisation.   

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using public art to engage with visually impaired children

This case study demonstrates how a Queensland school uses interactive artwork to communicate information and enable learning for visually impaired children.  The case study outlines the key outcomes and findings of the project as well as future plans for continuation of this worthy initiative.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using cultural activities to engage children and young people during school holidays

This Australian case study outlines a school holiday arts and cultural programme providing sustained delivery of creative opportunities for children and young people in remote Indigenous communities.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Community engagement through festival projects

Community engagement is a core part of the Mackay Festival’s planning and programming, with events such as the Bobcat Ballet bringing new audiences to the arts. This case study demonstrates some of the learnings from years of community engagement activity.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Growing arts and cultural participation and partnerships in regional communities

This case study from Queensland, Australia outlines how the Cultural Precinct has engaged with regional communities in recent years. Queensland’s Cultural Precinct has a strong presence in regional communities across the state, through touring programmes and exhibitions, artist workshops and residencies, performance simulcasts, collections loans, virtual access to collections, digital engagement projects, research and internships. These activities grow regional participation in arts and culture and support professional development of artists and arts and cultural workers. Some of the major ways the institutions at the Cultural Precinct have engaged with regional communities in recent years are outlined.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Key issues and opportunities facing audience development practitioners

Shoshana Fanizza of US consultancy Audience Development Specialists (ADS) thinks ahead to 2014 and outlines her advice for the year ahead which take on board the key issues and opportunities she feels face audience development practitioners in the US. This short article has been adapted from the ADS blog and was originally posted in 2013.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Connecting with communities outside the arts

Shoshana Fanizza of US consultancy Audience Development Specialists (ADS) considers the importance of creating programmes to connect with communities that link up with what’s already getting their attention in the world outside the arts. This short article has been adapted from the ADS blog and was originally posted in 2013.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Helping schools focus on improving skills in language, reading and writing

Launched in November 2011 the Ant Club has been developed by the Booktrust to provide resources to support the development of children’s language, reading and writing during the early years and infant phases of education in schools.  There are currently 1,192 schools taking part. This report presents the findings from the evaluation of The Ant Club intervention that took place from 2012 to 2013.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Using reading challenges to get children engaged with their local library

In 2012 the Summer Reading Challenge, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with libraries, was called Story Lab and was part of the Olympics’ 2012 Festival. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2012 Challenge.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries engaging with children through the Summer's reading challenge

Every year The Reading Agency partners with libraries to create the Summer Reading Challenge, the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2013 Challenge - Creepy House.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using reading challenges to engage with adults

The Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons and invites participants to choose six reads, review them, and enter prize draws. This article describes how jobseeker Paul Bennett, 55, who went back to college in Warrington to improve his English skills, completed the Six Book Challenge with the hope of winning a prize draw for Rugby League World Cup 2013 tickets.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Prescribing books in a mental health service

The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme was launched in June 2013 and provides self-help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. This case study by The Reading Agency, describes how iCope - Islington Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service is working in partnership with Islington Libraries to run the scheme in Islington.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Engaging with disadvantaged young people through the Reading Activists programme

The Reading Agency’s innovative Reading Activist programme is funded by Big Lottery in 18 authorities across 4 regions. This case study describes how the St Helen's Reading Activists programme has helped to engage with disadvantaged young people from deprived areas of the town with positive outcomes for the young people involved.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries engaging with young people through the Reading Activists programme

The Reading Agency’s innovative Reading Activist programme is funded by Big Lottery in 18 authorities across 4 regions. This article describes the success of Gateshead Central Library's Reading Activists - a group of 12 young people aged 13-19 who meet regularly to plan and organise events at the Library for young people. This has enabled the young people of Gateshead to shape their own space and service at Gateshead Central Library.

Published:2014 Type: article


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The role of arts participation in regional well being

This paper is a summary of key areas of interest from Julia Anwar McHenry’s research thesis ‘The Arts and Social Well-being in Rural Communities: A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment in the Mid West Region of Western Australia’. Anwar McHenry’s thesis is the outcome of a research project on the role of the arts in the social well-being in the Mid West with a particular focus on the nature and impacts of the arts in rural communities.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Growing community arts with people with disabilities

This Australian case study gives an overview of an ongoing partnership between the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts and Nulsen (acknowledged as a leader in Australia in the field of caring for people with profound and severe disabilities). The partnership was designed to enable Nulsen residents to thrive in the artist community and find a place in the larger Victoria Park community. This case study is from ‘Open Arts: Reflections on the Disability and the Arts Inclusion Initiative in Western Australia’ (a partnership between the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Arts and Disability Services Commission).

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Engaging with rural communities to develop new audiences

When I Was A Rat toured to The Courtyard Arts Centre in Hereford in 2013, two family-based circus skills workshops were organised by The Coutyard at Moccas Village Hall and Kingsland Village Hall. The Courtyard's marketing team had identified these two villages as being in areas of low engagement with the venue. The workshops linked well with the physical theatre, musical and dramatic elements of I Was A Rat and aimed to engage with a new audience. The Courtyard has minimal local competition for arts audiences but it has to tackle the challenge of rural Herefordshire’s scattered population.  

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Village and community reps: social media – but in the real world

Lincoln Drill Hall is a thriving arts centre based in the heart of Lincoln servicing the city, county and beyond. In this case study, Gavin Street, Drill Hall's Marketing Manager, desribes how the venue has recruited a team of volunteer village and community reps to help spread the word about Drill Hall in their village or community. The volunteers meet at Drill Hall every six to eight weeks to discuss forthcoming events and issues; and bring comments and ideas back from their communities. The volunteers are Drill Hall's real-life version of social media.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Developing audiences for contemporary art in the Inner and Outer Hebrides

Atlas Arts develops audiences for contemporary art in the Inner and Outer Hebrides with a team of just two people.  Working without a venue, the artists Atlas Arts commission work in different ways but all of them make connections with the contemporary world around them, tapping into the unique qualities of the local, rural area.  This case study includes three examples of how Atlas Arts uses projects to connect with local community issues and supports cultural tourism; working locally to raise the area's profile nationally and internationally.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Engaging communities beyond the building

York Theatre Royal takes a cross-departmental approach to engaging communities ensuring the whole organisation is audience focused. They build long-term relationships with visitors and participants by working with them to deliver artistic work. During this AMA conference 2013 session Abbigail Ollive and Alexander Wright shared details of how York Theatre Royal has transformed the impact it has on its community.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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How to involve your target audience in the development of a marketing campaign

This social marketing case study has been shared by the National Social Marketing Centre and demonstrates how you can successfully involve your target audience in the development of behaviour change related communications.  NHS Stockport wanted to increase the number of people accessing local smoking cessation services.  A marketing initiative ‘lose the fags’ was launched that involved successful local partnerships and led to an increase in quits and quit attempts. The campaign was underpinned by research and a segmentation study that helped the social marketing team understand the key barriers and attitudes towards smoking cessation services.  Community consultation workshops led to …

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Tackling graffiti through art related engagement

This social marketing case study has been shared by the National Social Marketing Centre.  In 2007 Brent Council’s Graffiti Partnership Board (a multi-agency partnership) successfully led diversionary activities and implemented a stronger investigation and enforcement strategy to tackle graffiti in the area.  The approach was developed after extensive research and engagement with young people, graffiti offenders and victims.  A vast amount of art related engagement took place with young people and urban art workshops were particularly successful.  This case study outlines all activities and the key lessons learnt.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Developing successful cultural partnerships in the community

This book offers examples of successful cultural partnerships from the US and outlines how these have benefited local communities.  Based on the success of these partnerships it also offers some useful advice on developing successful partnerships in the community as well as outlining some less successful ventures into partnership and based on this, tips on what should be avoided.  Case studies are shared from across the cultural sector in the US. This is a detailed but well presented and easily digested book.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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An exploration of the potential of music in youth justice

This review by US consultancy WolfBrown was commissioned by the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2012. The purpose of the review was to invite readers and stakeholders – including organisations, musicians, staff, and advocates–to think about three key questions:  What exactly can music (or, more broadly, the arts) contribute to the reform of juvenile justice systems? What constitutes making that contribution responsibly and well? How do we build evidence that music (or the arts more broadly) make a difference in the lives of youth, staff, families, or facilities? The study involved extensive desk research as well as contributions from …

Published:2014 Type: research


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Launching the new Library of Birmingham

It’s not every day that libraries make the front page, but the opening of the new Library of Birmingham was one of the big culture stories of 2013. In this case study, Kate Feld interviews Sara Rowell, Partnerships and Marketing Senior Manager at the Library of Birmingham, about the launch of this spectacular new building and finds out what happens next.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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How library services can collaborate to promote community cohesion

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks Londoners and visitors to pick up the same book and read it together. A month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across London. It is the only programme that involves all 33 London library services. This case study describes the processes involved in organising this event.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using social media to market library services

Since 2008 Manchester Library and Information Service has used social media including blogging, sharing photos/videos, tweets and Facebook to promote resources and activities and reach new audiences. Written by Sue Lawson from Manchester Library, with contributions from Linsey Parkinson (Heald), writer and marketing consultant, this case study describes how social media has helped Manchester Libraries to develop its relationships with customers, publishers, authors, librarians, and bloggers from Manchester and beyond.  

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Improving children and young people's engagement with libraries

The Evolve Project is a US-based open collaborative platform that aims to change the way people see libraries. In this case study, Brian Pichman describes how The Evolve Project improved young library users’ engagement with the library’s children’s space by changing its design and putting in new technology and programming that encourages them to learn and interact in different ways.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries as Start-ups

These days, people aren’t just checking out books at the library – increasingly, they’re making things there. Brian Pichman from the US-based The Evolve Project, which aims to change the way people see libraries, discusses the new collaborative and creative uses of libraries being successfully trialed around the world, including maker spaces and fab labs, and argues that libraries should foster a “start-up” culture.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Art lending through libraries

Art To Go is an art lending programme in place at an Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) since 1965. It's a great example of one of the many unconventional ways libraries can enrich the lives of the communities they serve. The collection, which has about 400 items, is available to any patron with an ICPL library card, and two items can be borrowed for two months at a time with no charge.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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How can a community based dance company be successful in the 21st century

In this white paper Ballet Memphis and National Arts Strategies (USA) share the findings of the initial stage of fact finding work that set out to ‘reinvent’ Ballet Memphis by ‘building bridges to new communities and planning a variety of sustainable scenarios for the future business model’.  It gives a fascinating insight into the questions Ballet Memphis posed to a large number of community stakeholders and arts partners. This work was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and jointly authored by Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Founder and CEO of Ballet Memphis and Russell Willis Taylor President.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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How arts organisations can use blogs to engage with the local community

Kate Feld spoke with Suzanne Stein, Head of Community Engagement at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in California about Open Space - the museum’s innovative and wildly successful blog. The blog provides a place where the local community and the SFMOMA community can be visible and in dialogue with each other.  This case study illustrates how arts organisations can use blogs in a more meaningful way.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Books on bikes: bringing the library to the people

In May 2013, the Seattle Public Library launched its Books on Bikes pilot project as part of the Library’s Innovation Campaign, an internal project to develop innovative ideas. Books on Bikes is an outreach project that aims to bring the library to the people with teams of two Library staff biking to events and introducing people to Seattle’s Library services.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Community cohesion project in libraries

Living Library gives direct access to someone else’s experience, by allowing people to ‘borrow’ a person for a conversation. This might be someone who has significant personal experience or a particular perspective to share. Living Library can be used to confront stereotypes and prejudices, to explore diversity, and to stimulate conversations that otherwise might not happen. ‘Loans’ take the form of a conversation, and can last for a variable period, typically 30-60 minutes. The case studies in this project were designed to explore a community development model of Living Library within public libraries in England. Local Living Library places an emphasis on local ownership of the events, relationship-building, and the discovery …

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Keys to developing vital links across communities

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.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Community Engagement in Libraries

This research establishes a baseline for community engagement in Libraries for funders to use for evaluation of the Communities Libraries Programme. It reports on what the programme has achieved including refurbishment or building development projects, it provides case studies of excellence in Bristol, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, Nottingham, Sandwell and Slough and it outlines areas for improvement: Vision and goals - more focus and buy in required Community segmentation  - which is often based on traditional demographics not predictive, behavioural or interest based sectors. Organisational transformation More effective communications Use of social networks focused around libraries Methods and metrics to measure impact.    

Published:2013 Type: research


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Generating audiences, regenerating arts and cultural organisations

‘Community Engagement’ in the public sector is often driven by a reforming government agenda and is meant to be a two-way process, with organisations benefiting from the imagination and energy of local citizens. Anne Torreggiani finds out that the extra dimension we have in the cultural sector is that what we have to offer is personally fulfilling and, frankly, more fun. It is about people’s creativity and learning, not just their involvement as well-behaved citizens.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Making community engagement part of your marketing strategy

Ten top tips for social marketing - an outline of key things to consider when developing and delivering an audience development campaign.  

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Furthering community engagement in our museums

A detailed report on the effectiveness of the Renaissance programme – funding across regional museum hubs to promote community engagement activities. It discusses approaches to community engagement, outcomes and impacts, and policy and programme development.

Published:2013 Type: research


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How well are libraries engaging with the community?

The final 150-page report evaluating community use of public libraries following Big Lottery funding. Using case studies, the report measures how well the libraries engage with their communities, whether perceptions of library services have changed and how much impact the funding has made on learning and skills development for users, staff and volunteers.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Finding an authentic voice with Tumblr

In August 2013 the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York launched ‘MoMA Teens’ - teens.moma.org - a Tumblr blog that aims to introduce more teenagers to the world of MoMA. Two months after launch the blog already had 2,500 followers. The day-to-day management of the blog is undertaken by ‘teen editors’ who have built up a relationship with MoMA through its classes and courses.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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The role creative technology and art can play within curriculum-based learning

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. This case study describes how FACTs milestone project 'Flunstellas' took digital technology into the classroom and embedded it within curriculum-based learning. Working with Year 7 and 8 students from Weatherhead Media Arts College and emerging artist, Neil Winterburn, Flunstellas explored the future of learning. The end result of this highly collaborative process was Charlie, a large-scale installation in the FACT atrium as part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Developing older people's digital literacy through creative engagement

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre based in Liverpool. Can you hear me? I can see you! was FACT’s year-long programme working with residents of Sheltered Housing across Liverpool, Wigan and Warrington. Supported by the Baring Foundation, the programme set out to build the digital literacy of the older people aged 55 to 95  through creative engagement with artists and resulted in an exhibition of prototype communication devices that were developed with the residents.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Engaging audiences remotely – beyond the locative experience

This article looks at how cultural centres can engage those who are unlikely to visit their venue in person. Using digital tools, arts and cultural organisations can go 'beyond the locative experience' in profound ways. Focusing in particular on the website, the author examines how to overcome geographical marginalisation and building national and international audiences for 'local' venues. The article also considers the topic of building an online community.

By Caroline GreenerPublished:2013 Type: article


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How to strategically grow your audience

In order to grow audiences it's important to be strategic in your approach. This article explains how a combination of marketing cycle planning and gathering the right data can help you make informed decisions about communication and marketing activity. You'll find a series of practical case studies, tools and downloads that can help you be more savvy when it comes to developing your audience base.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Discover the experience of We Play – the North West’s arts festival for London 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad

This evaluation of ‘We Play’ - the North West’s celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - presents a summary of the key outcomes and achievements. The evaluation measured success of the WE PLAY mission was: to create an ambitious and inspiring four year cultural project for young people and local communities in the North which builds on key regional strengths, celebrates the benefits of PLAY and leaves a sustainable legacy beyond 2012. The overarching objectives were organised around four themes: provision and product; participation; partnership; and profile. It includes short case studies with the evaluation results.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Recommended ways to work with Diaspora communities

In the cultural sector, working with international artists and culturally diverse communities has become second nature. This article outlines the value and contribution of Diaspora communities, obstacles for engagement - including stereotypes across all sectors, and how we can better understand these communities. You'll find a series of recommendations including implementing two-way communication, creating a balance between the contemporary and traditional, and revising perceptions.  

Published:2013 Type: article


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Community engagement case study: Wirral Community Shakespeare

Wirral Community Shakespeare was conceived as an eight month long reading project culminating in a run of free public performances of William Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale in Birkenhead Park. This case study takes the reader through the project process - which included artistic workshops with professional and experienced amateur actors, musicians and technicians - as well as providing a series of key learning points.  

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Community engagement projects

This article summarises three community engagement projects in Liverpool which aimed to use the arts to develop various different audience groups through collaboration and partnership working. The projects include 'It's not OK', Liverpool Culture Company's violence prevention education programme, the 'Four Corners' reminiscence project and 'Midsummer Dreams', a series of creative health workshops.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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A processional performance takes over Bournemouth

An article about the impact of a processional performance of Emergency Exit Arts’ Runga Rung show in Bournemouth. Programmed by Bournemouth Borough Council’s Arts Development Unit, the events chief aim was to raise the profile of good quality participatory arts work in Bournemouth and saw almost four thousand people take to the streets to enjoy the spectacle.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Guidebook to arts and culture in Liverpool for community engagement workers

This guidebook was compiled as part of ‘Open City’ – Arts For Everyone in the wake of Liverpool’s City of Culture year in 2008. It lists and describes all the venues and organisations, and gives key contact names and details, and what the organisation can offer to community group. This resource is an example of partnership working for community engagement, audience engagement and building new audiences for the arts and culture.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Learn how Brindley Arts Centre used artists working in the community to develop an engaging exhibition programme

This case study from Inspired Responses talks through how a newly-opened arts centre addressed the needs of local schools in its arts programming by working with local artists on a community engagement programme. It covers how to work with schools and teachers to find space in the curriculum for art (at mainstream as well as special schools), and how to make the project cost-effective for all involved. It covers the importance of treating the work created as professional, but also reveals what didn’t work.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Membership schemes for young people – youth engagement and participation

Describes how Harrow Arts Centre turned their wish to engage with more young people into a programme of participatory projects led by 13-25 year olds. Following the centre's taking part in the A Night Less Ordinary event, one of these projects developed into The Guestlist, a membership scheme created by and for young audiences.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Connecting with communities

Community engagement - learning, participation, education and outreach - is a vital way of tapping into communities around the arts. This guide explains, using case study examples from the Welsh National Opera and Museums at Night, how to better engage with communities to encourage audiences to take risks, and to get the community involved in the arts.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Ambassador schemes

Building Relationships without Technology: Ambassador Schemes. Includes case studies of effective ambassador schemes. What type of person makes a good Ambassador? Quality is better than quantity Enthusiastic, outgoing people with busy social lives They care about the arts and your organisation They have time to commit - the busiest people often make the best  Ambassadors Good communicators and good listeners

Published:2012 Type: guide-toolkit


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