News & Views

Co-Creating Change

6 March 2022

This time the legislative debate and policy section focused on what arts organisations could implement to improve situations for staff and communities from different backgrounds.

Here, Community Leader Charlotte Watts shares her thoughts on the event and the outcomes.

What was most exciting moment from the event, and why? 

The process of having those in attendance contribute their ideas for policy change and participate in the process of deconstructing the often carefully concealed inequalities in the Arts sector was very exciting, especially as most there were working in that sector and willing to critique it. 

Another important moment was that in which an audience member highlighted during the policy making process, the fact that physical access needs are often still hugely forgotten in arts institutions and events programming. They felt it was the most neglected area of equality, diversity and inclusion considerations and I can see why from my own observations. I have witnessed only a tiny number of truly physically accessible institutions, events and festivals. This was then taken on board by the policy makers. 

I did feel however that it would have been great to see more people at the event who were not from already within arts organisations, but perhaps the local community or previous beneficiaries or participants within socially engaged or cocreated arts projects. 


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