Livewire Harlow receive community cash boost

Lifestyle / Fri 14th Jul 2017 at 10:31am

CULTURAL organisations across the county have benefited from support through Essex County Council’s Cultural Development Strategic Fund which has awarded £153,500 to eleven organisations.


The fund is aimed specifically at the varied cultural organisations who work in Essex by supporting them to deliver exciting programmes which galvanize communities and help to positively impact the lives of Essex residents. The awards are a significant investment of £8.5 million by Arts Council England. Some of the successful organisations to the Cultural Development Strategic Fund 2017/18:

• Colchester Arts Centre, awarded £15,000 to deliver accessible workshops and performances.
• Signals Essex Media Centre awarded £27,000 to support their Education and digital Skills programme, workshops and key projects.
• Essex Cultural Diversity Project awarded £18,000 to support community outreach programmes with Essex BAME communities.
• Orchestras Live awarded £15,000 to support work with young people, families, older people and musicians who have additional needs.
• Essex Dance Network Association awarded £10,000 to support dance programmes with children and young families, the over 50’s, and those suffering with Parkinson’s.
• Zinc Arts awarded £18,000 to deliver a range of programmes and projects aimed at for adults with learning disabilities and children at risk of being excluded from school.
• Essex Music Development Agency awarded £12,000 to deliver programmes of work with young musicians.
• Open Arts awarded £15,000 to support studio provision and artist development at Hadleigh Old Fire Station for sufferers of mental health issues.
• The Livewire Trust awarded £8,000 to support programmes of theatre work with young people in Harlow.
• Pinpoint Create awarded £7,500 to support a range of arts sessions in residential homes across Essex.
• Space Studios awarded £8,000 to deliver business and artist development sessions aimed at Essex creatives and start-ups at Space Studios.

Cllr Sue Barker, Councillor for Culture, Communities and Customer said, “I am thrilled that cultural organisations in Essex have been awarded funding through the Essex County Council Cultural Development Strategic Fund. It is vital that we help to preserve cultural organisations in Essex as they have a positive impact on the lives of local residents, and make Essex a fun and exciting place to live. I am heartened by the level of pride that people take in their local community.”

The investment reflects the success of the Memorandum of Collaboration signed by Essex County Council and Arts Council England in June 2016 which outlined a joint ambition to increase participation in culture across the county. The memorandum also included a pledge to work more closely together to increase awareness of the funding that is available from both partners.

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