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19th July 2013 Sara Lock

Resources tagged with "participation"

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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Giving youth a voice – developing strong and lasting connections with young people

Annabel Thomas, Arts Development Manager at Trinity College, London explains why youth engagement is key to develop strong and lasting connections with potential audiences.

By Annabel ThomasPublished:2019 Type: guide-toolkit


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Go and See Programme with Cultural Spring and bait

This Cultural Spring and bait Case Study share their Creative People and Places (CPP) programme working to raise participation in arts and culture on South Tyneside and Wearside.

By Rob LawsonPublished:2018 Type: case-study


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Evaluation in participatory arts programmes

Creative People and Places teams, artists, evaluation partners and critical friends share a selection of approaches, models and methods for evaluating participatory arts programmes.

By Creative People and Places NetworkPublished:2017 Type: guide-toolkit


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Shine A Light: a participation film project for the over 60s

Learn from Derby QUAD's experience of engaging and working with over 60-year-olds in a participatory filmmaking project.

By QUAD, John WhallPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Engaging communities in song

Gain top tips for funding and delivering a long-term vision, finding participants for large-scale community projects, and building valuable partnerships.

By Creatives Across SussexPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Youth participation: Slam Cymru

Learn how Literature Wales adapted an international initiative to engage young people in literature.

By Literature WalesPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Center of Creative Arts and COCABiz: case study in innovation and adaptive capacity

This is an in-depth US-based case study documenting the successes of COCABiz: a programme of the Center for Creative Arts that supports the business community in St. Louis, Missouri with integration of artistic practices. COCABiz was a project incubated in EmcArts.org's Innovation Labs for the Performing Arts programme in 2009, and has since grown into a successfully integrated initiative of the Center of Creative Arts.

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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Raising awareness of a participatory cultural project

This case study explores an integrated publicity campaign to promote The Cultural Spring, a three-year project to increase arts participation and engagement in Sunderland and South Tyneside. It covers the process and outcomes of creating a publicity campaign which engaged both the media and potential participants in the project.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Jerusalem: Involving local participants to create a professional production

The Jerusalem Project saw The Common Players Theatre Company, in partnership with Exeter Northcott Theatre and local promoters, bring Jez Butterworth’s award winning play to the West Country on tour. This report explains the audition/casting process, the relationship with promoter partners, the make up of the audience and their reaction to the piece. In addition, it looks at the economic impact the production had, and the social capital generated for audiences and participants.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Connecting through content – storytelling in new ways

This is a story about how Circus Oz, a medium-sized performing arts company in Australia has been working with RMIT University to develop a digital platform - the Living Archive - to change not only the company’s operational business and artistic practices but its relationship with and conception of its audiences.

By Davin CarlinPublished:2014 Type: article


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Developing a visitor base and growing participation

What can be done to improve the capabilities of arts organisations to both develop a strong and sustained customer/visitor base and build participation in the arts? This report examines how organisations can understand the motivations of our audiences and customers, and develop skills to create and maintain a customer base. It also considers participation and how it can be widened.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Young people participate in production and programming

A case study on how an arts centre has increased the involvement of young people in its production and performances. Twenty or so young people aged 14 to 25 design, produce and programme events and festivals, ranging from music gigs to dance and film.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Deepening the visitor experience for the future

Jerry Yoshitomi explores what makes a museum or gallery experience meaningful and how innovation and new practices are needed if we are to break down barriers, deepen the visitor experience and attract a new generation of visitors.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Change for the better: developing audiences

This article includes two case studies from Tyne & Wear Museums and macrobert. Each author looks at how they made integral changes to their organisation in order to develop new and diverse audiences. From improving the overall visitor experience through to developing venue brands; and setting up youth panels through to developing a children's charter, each organisation outlines their approaches to changing for the better.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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A holistic approach to developing new and diverse audiences

Kerry Michael explores Theatre Royal, Stratford East's holistic approach to audience development in this report from the AMA conference 2005.

By Kerry MichaelPublished:2013 Type: article


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‘Not for the likes of you’ success stories

Discover the success stories of the 'Not for the Likes of You' initiative, as ten organisations share how they changed their overall positioning and messaging to remove barriers to attendance and participation.

By Morton SmythPublished:2013 Type: case-study


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Increasing participation in music: the Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra model

This report provides an outline of the Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra (ECCO) model, part of the wider programme of education delivered by Musiko Musika. ECCO aims to break down barriers to participation in high quality ensemble playing for children from diverse social and ethnic minority backgrounds. You'll find evidence collected from the ECCO projects at Kensal Rise Primary School and Stoneydown Park Primary School along with further observations from a range of different youth music ensembles and youth orchestras.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Gallery research

Results of a pilot shared survey of galleries in the South East, South West, East, East Midlands, London and Wales. Visitors to galleries were asked questions about their age, locality, frequency of attendance, art specialism and art purchasing.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Arts Engagement with older people and families

Twelve case studies of arts engagement projects working with older people and families in London. The case studies share the learning from Audiences London's Family Advocates Programme, BAC's work with non-professional older artists, a skills exchange with Building Exploratory, an architecture centre and Cubitt, a gallery and studios regarding work with older audiences, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Tate Britain's project working with children to explore artwork through classical music among others.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Museums and digital engagement: a New York perspective

This research project focuses on the impact of digital culture on museum practice, and looks at how large international museums are embracing digital culture and using technology to improve their relationship with visitors. It focuses on museums in New York, and how the innovations they are leading can be built on by organisations elsewhere. It summarises key trends, including embracing contemporary culture, museums as places for experimentation by visitors, peer learning and collaboration, and the museum as a mission-lead institution. The research project was funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Our Creative Talent – the voluntary and amateur arts in England

An in-depth study of voluntary and amateur arts groups and informal adult learning in the arts in England. Commissioned by DCMS and Arts Council England to improve the knowledge base on the voluntary and amateur arts sector in England, it is the first of its kind on a national scale and represents the first step towards developing a comprehensive understanding of a very complex sector.

Published:2013 Type: research


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"Not for the likes of you" – how to reach a broader audience

Explore how a cultural organisation can become accessible to a broad general audience by changing its overall positioning and message, rather than just by implementing targeted audience development schemes or projects.

By Maddy Morton, Seamus Smyth, Mel Larsen, Debbie BaynePublished:2013 Type: research


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How and why businesses in and around Manchester are using Twitter

This guide shows how businesses use Twitter to market themselves and their work in Manchester, one of the most active Twitter communities in the country.  With clear illustrations of what the data on usage actually means, this analysis can help you to make sure you're staying one step ahead of your competitors when using Twitter.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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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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Positive arts-based activities for young people

This leaflet presents case studies from across three events three one-day events staged by ACE and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in July 2009, to increase understanding of how the arts and culture can help deliver positive activities for young people. They provide good practice examples of how the arts and culture can contribute to positive outcomes for young people, how different council departments and agencies can work together and how to demonstrate the impact on young people. These are useful ideas for audience engagement, outreach and community audience development teams.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Getting in on the act: how to create opportunities for active participation

People are engaging in the arts in increasingly active and expressive ways. Arts organisations are examining this seismic shift toward a participatory arts culture and figuring out how to adapt in new and creative ways. This report looks to deepen understanding of these changes and spotlights exciting examples of participatory arts practices. The researchers investigated active arts participation across the arts sector in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The report helps address many of the concerns that arts organisations may have in embracing participatory arts practices and illuminates the various trends in the field that are responsible for this shift. This report also presents the …

Published:2013 Type: research


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Using new technologies to transform engagement, creativity and programming

This seminar looks at how putting new technology at the heart of redevelopment transformed a traditional arts centre into a media centre. Watershed Arts Centre in Bristol went through a dramatic process of digital innovation, research and workshops over a 2 year period to develop a new way to work more collaboratively with audiences, participants and practitioners. This approach led to new working practices around providing an experience rather than just making a product.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Explore the background and policy guiding arts work with refugees, and case studies of good practice

This report of research into the circumstances, policy and issues surround arts for, by and with refugees in the UK gives background to the circumstances governing this work, the numbers of people involved and an idea of how the research was carried out. Alongside this are short case studies of projects with refugees from around the country. Artistic directors and arts marketers or audience development workers will find examples of good practice among the case studies.

Published:2013 Type: research


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The theory and rationale behind adult participatory arts practice

An analysis of some London arts companies that have participation and engagement at the heart of their arts creation and delivery models. The review involved organisations that work in some of the most challenging circumstances possible in London – in prisons, in hostels for homeless people, in healthcare settings, in daycare centres for people affected by dementia, for example. This analysis discusses the theory and motivation behind participatory practice and gives recommendations for how this sector of the arts could be strengthened and increased.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Culture, participation and the web

This report looks at the convergence of three trends:  technological change  the way that people engage with culture  the policy aim of increasing democratic participation in culture, with particular regard to audiences described as ‘hard to reach’. The report discusses DCMS's project Culture Online and highlights some practical lessons learnt from its delivery. In this context it also considers the ever-evolving concept, function and potential of online culture, today and in the future in terms of policy development, technological change and developments in society.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Engaging schools – the style of our lives project

This report outlines the process and outcomes of The Style of Our Lives, a LIFT project with the aim of celebrating the 'theatre of the streets' as represented by individual style and dress,  that took place in Stoke Newington in 2000.  Find out whether the aims and objectives of the programme were met, how the work was evaluated, and what recommendations for future activity are made.

Published:2013 Type: research


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International comparisons on engagement with sport and culture

Ever wondered what the participation figures for sport and culture are like outside Great Britain?  How do we compare with Scandinavia? How does education across Europe affect participation levels?  This report outlines some of the key data gathered across Europe, highlighting where Great Britain does well, and where we might perhaps learn about engagement from our neighbours.

Published:2013 Type: research


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How Birmingham Contemporary Music Group delivers a family friendly offer

BCMG created a family friendly policy that in turn enabled the organisation to strategically enhance its family and youth oriented programming. Out-of-school creative participatory workshops for young people conclude with sharing opportunities for parents and friends. Families are offered front row seats at concerts, and have a specially designed concert programme with specially briefed stewards, more audience participation (before, during and after the performance), more flexible ticketing and a range of other innovations.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Participation and engagement in cultural activities

What are the key drivers for participation in with heritage sites? How frequently do people engage with the museums and galleries through participation?  How can libraries deepen relationships with participants?  This analysis of findings across these four important strands of the cultural landscape offers key findings, core data and modelling to help you plan your participation engagement strategies. This document is an analysis of the Taking Part Survey.

Published:2013 Type: research


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How to work with arts ambassadors

What makes a good arts ambassador?  How useful can they be as a marketing tool for your organisation? How do you get started on recruiting ambassadors that will bring real benefits?  With top tips and words of caution, this step by step approach to promotion and development through ambassadors will offer the tools you need to generate real impact.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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The impact on volunteers: Liverpool European Capital of Culture

Liverpool hosted the European Capital of Culture in 2008. This report seeks to explore the impact of being a Liverpool 08 volunteer, in particular the ways in which being involved affected their cultural interests and levels of participation in cultural activity. It explores whether volunteers' personal aspirations have been met, and what changes they have experienced as a result of their participation.  

Published:2013 Type: research


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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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Arts and the 'big society'

This article suggests we need to think about what the 'big society' means to us as individuals and organisations - and what we want from it. Taking themes such as participation, communication, consultation and testing, the author outlines a selection of projects which take a 'big society' approach by using the arts to empower internal and external audiences.

Published:2013 Type: article


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How to innovate when building bridges between artists and the public

Whilst it may be daunting to try to make the most of digital technology and innovation, there are some sure fire ways to increase your impact and engagement with new audiences.  Ideas around working collaboratively, taking risks and making the best use of the tools available are given, along with building your confidence to experiment and have fun.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Delivering artistic excellence to capitvate and engage.

A strategic review highlighted the real possibility of major cuts in public funding for the arts leading up to and post the Olympic Games of 2012.  This realisation led to new targets around increasing attendances for existing product, as well as the need to identify new business opportunities.  Learn how The Cornerhouse managed to maintain its standing with existing audiences whilst at the same time learning to engage with people in different ways.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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How the PSA3 target is used to measure under-represented groups

In this article Andrew Lewis outlines the PSA3 target set by the DCMS, used to measure under-represented groups. He looks at some of the statistical evidence which demonstrates which groups are the least represented in the arts - in terms of both attendance and participation, and reports on some of the known barriers which organisations need to address. He believes that success in increasing representation relies on work across the sector, including the partnerships built by - and between - the Arts Council, arts officers, voluntary and community art groups.    

Published:2013 Type: article


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Creative youth consultation and participation toolkit

This practical toolkit represents a snapshot of the research and profile raising work undertaken by the English National Youth Arts Network. It demonstrates how the arts can be used as a tool to consult with young people; showcasing practical examples and case studies from the cultural sector. It also signposts other useful resources for youth consultation.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Finding a balance between excellence and participation in arts provision

This dissertation strives to assess the impact of central government directives relating to participation and excellence, to evaluate their relevance within a wider context and to offer recommendations. The research includes a review of the literature, policy documents and professional discourse, a survey of National Association of Local Government Arts Officers, a survey of National Campaign for the Arts Members, focus Groups and interviews. The summary findings talk through the seeming disconnects between provision and excellence and underlines the diverging targets and the dichotomy between access and excellence.

Published:2013 Type: research


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An evaluation of the MLA NW pilot audience development training programme

This document evaluates the pilot audience development training programme delivered by AAM to a selection of museums, libraries and archives in the North West. The aim of the programme being to improve understanding of what is involved in strategic audience development, how to place it more centrally in the organisation and ensuring it's effectiveness. The report summarises the activity that took place and gives an overview of the process and outcomes and details the programme sessions, participation, training delivery, and the learning gained.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Creating campaigns with your audiences and visitors

A practical toolkit for devising, creating, co-creating, delivering and managing integrated marketing campaigns to develop awareness, interest and engagement from different audiences. Learn how arts marketers can move from simply telling audiences about events, to demonstrating the value they will get from them, and involving them as active participants. With case studies and exercises to explore encouraging visitor/audience involvement in marketing campaigns.  

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Harnessing communities to enrich online arts engagement

Discover new ways to engage audiences and visitors online between visits, and how research can give insights into why people participate on social networks. This resource highlights the benefits that engaging with people online can offer to arts and cultural organisations. It examines four ways of approaching content: consumption, interaction, curation and creation, and explores effective types of online engagement that arts marketers can apply.

Published:2013 Type: article


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An evaluation of Lakes Alive 2009, year one of a four-year programme of outdoor arts in Cumbria

A report and evaluation of audiences for Lakes Alive 2009, the inaugural year of Cumbria’s unique four year festival which aimed to put the county at the centre of outdoors arts nationally and to make a key contribution to the social legacy of the Cultural Olympiad. The report looks at the demographic of the estimated 75,000 people who took part in 2009 and the impacts of participation in street arts spectacles and events. The research methodology followed a traditional evaluation model, focusing on a face-to-face survey of audiences at Lakes Alive events, this laid the foundations for long term, in-depth and qualitative research …

Published:2013 Type: research


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Get to grips with what the Heritage Lottery Fund means by ‘audience development’ and how to use it in funding applications

These guidelines from the Heritage Lottery Fund explain what audience development is, why it is important to them, and why arts and cultural organisations and the people marketing and fundraising for them should take full account of the HLF’s priorities on audience development. The Guidelines then cover topics such as who takes part and who doesn’t, barriers to participation, factors driving participation, and gives a 5-step process to help museums, heritage sites and cultural organisations build audience development into what they do.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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How has the public’s relationship with the arts changed over recent years – how do we now consume the arts?

This synopsis of research by Dr Gretchen Larsen, lecturer in marketing at Bradford University School of Management, tested a framework depicting the relationship between the consumer’s self-concept, the symbolic properties of music and the consumption context. It looks at how people’s relationship with the arts has changed over time, from passive consumers to whom arts marketers presented information, to a more participatory audience, with a mixed range of motives for attending. Her work has focused on the consumption of live music, particularly at festivals and she was part of a team that gained ESRC funding to run a seminar series on ‘Rethinking Arts Marketing’  

Published:2013 Type: article


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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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How participation is shaping the arts

The impact and implications of co-creation - how it is affecting the development of audiences, artists, performers and writers. Three case studies on participatory productions help to explore the theme.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Engaging communities with games

Looks at how social and pervasive game concepts can be adapted for traditional organisations to make connections and engage with audiences. Play, as a theme, a way of being, and as a design tool is integral to understanding how culture will develop in the 21st century.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Moving from 'transactional' to 'relational' engagement

Case study exploring how the team at Walker Art Center interpret and deliver on the organisation's mission, in an area where most tourism is local. Discover how shifting audience expectations and behaviours influence the Walker’s relationship with the public, and how they market their venue as an attractive destination.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Action research on effective public engagement

Is the way we communicate about culture doing more harm than good? This report looks at a piece of research performed across ten arts organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead, which tested theories about public engagement. It focuses on the Culture Window campaign, which encouraged families to try out new arts experiences.

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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Bringing marketing and programming together

The three case studies shared in this transcript from AMA conference 2012 offer inspiration for combining marketing and programming to maximise audience engagement.  

By Matthew Lawton, William Norris, Claire HeaffordPublished:2013 Type: case-study


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Connecting and engaging

Transcript of a keynote on connecting and engaging with audiences, focusing on Brooklyn Museum.

Published:2012 Type: guide-toolkit


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The changing role of the marketer

Transcript of a keynote presentation on the changing role of marketers focused on a spectrum of audience engagement / participation.

Published:2012 Type: article


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