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Notes from the Chair: 27th Feb 2012

I’ve had a busy time and quite a few things to report back on since my last Chair’s notes. My first local government liaison meeting with ACE was interesting and hopefully productive, and it was good to get an opportunity to think in more detail about the practical implication of the merger with the MLA for the way in which the Arts Council interacts with local government. I’m sure you are all working across cultural boundaries already, but with the future libraries initiative now launched, along with the new Renaissance funding, this is an ideal time to be having conversations with your local museums and libraries services.

Another area ripe for more collaboration is Arts and Health, with the National Alliance of Arts, Health, and Well Being now coming into formal existence, linking together the regional art and health networks across England. I attended a lively event in Oxford led by the National Alliance, which is in the process of developing a charter and much more explicitly moving out from the more clinically defined arts and health towards a more inclusive model. This is a very welcome step and one where we can very much get involved as arts and well being are at the core of what many of us do. There is a website at www.cultureandwellbeing.org.uk and this is being updated very soon so watch the e-zine for changes.
 

Back down in London I was fortunate to attend a seminar on “Evaluating the Games”, looking at different academic approaches to measuring the impact of London 2012. As we continue to grapple with how to demonstrate impact in ways that satisfy both our own needs for improvement, and the needs of policy makers and funders, London 2012 is providing a welcome boost to the range of work taking place. Although much of the work presented focused on sport and physical activity, much of it, especially work on volunteering, will be directly relevant for our sector as well. One project is bringing together a directory of academic experts, at www.games-experts.com, to make it easier to find relevant researchers and research. More practically, if you are interested in social media and citizen journalism, Media 2012 is ‘the online Olympic and Paralympic citizen newswire’, and although this project is already up and running it is open access and you can find out more at www.media2012.org.uk.
Jane Wilson
Chair of AD:uk
Tel: 01353 669022 Email: jane.wilson@adec.org.uk