As we launch a public conversation around our next ten year strategy for 2020-30, our Chief Executive Darren Henley blogs about what we’ve achieved so far, and why we want to hear from you about how we can best support arts, museums and libraries in England for the future.
Back in 2010, Arts Council England published its first ever ten year strategy, Great Art for Everyone, revised in 2013 as Great Art and Culture for Everyone to reflect our new remit for museums and libraries. Many of you may remember what a ground-breaking move it was, bringing together the Arts Council with the arts and culture sector and other partners to shape and define a shared vision and priorities for the next ten years.
The strategy and its five goals have been a guide and inspiration over the past years, a rock throughout many adventures, and the foundation for the success we’ve all shared. Of course, much remains to be done, but that sense of a collective strategy has got us travelling together, in the right direction, providing us with an aspirational vision and to help guide our investment and development activity.
We live in an evolving and changing world and the priorities that served audiences, artists, performers, creators, museums, libraries, arts organisations and the Arts Council itself over the previous decade need re-examining. We need to consider what a new strategy for 2020-2030 should address, and want to hear your views.
We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to do
Working with our partners across the country, we have accomplished a great deal so far. There have been challenges and there will doubtless be more to come. Who would have thought we would have seen the changes that have rocked the world in the last few years? But throughout, we have continued to make progress together. I believe that England’s arts and culture ecology is now in a stronger position than it was in 2010, and that we can be more confident of public and political support.
Together we’ve reached new audiences, many of them from communities that have not previously had the opportunity to enjoy the work of our artists, museums and libraries. We’ve seen a new spirit of entrepreneurship rising among cultural organisations. Across the country, artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries have helped lead civic regeneration in partnership with local authorities and higher education. There’s a bold new generation of arts leaders and fundraisers, many of them coming through specially devised courses. We’ve championed the importance of a quality cultural education, for all children, and this summer, we launched our most diverse National Portfolio, which brought museums and libraries fully into the fold, completing the journey begun in 2010.
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