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Rethinking Relationships: Phase One of the Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations
14 March 2018
The Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations seeks to raise awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play, or could play, nationally in their communities. The inquiry is in three phases with Phase 1 resulting in the publication of this report. A key question guides the research: how can arts organisations better fulfil their civic role?
This first report analyses case studies, workshops and surveys that explore the barriers and opportunities arts organisations face in playing a civic role. There are case studies from global arts organisations with UK based Bluecoat, Derby Museums, Grizedale and MIMA also featured.
The report identifies characteristics and operating principles that organisations with a strong civic role share. These include, strong governance with trustees fully committed to the civic role, being rooted in their local communities or geography, having engaged communities who contribute to artistic programme, being effective in developing community skills and capabilities, building social capital, championing artistic quality, championing diversity, encouraging discussion and debate on challenging topics, and finally are open and reflective organisations.
The report also works with a set of metaphors that attempt to convey the civic role that art organisations play in public life. Two examples are, Parks ‘art organisations as a shared space open to all’ and Temples ‘art organisations as places of enlightenment and solace’.
Visit the link below to read the full report and organisational case studies.