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Voluntary Arts Week is coming!

When: 12 to 20 May 2012

From 12 – 20 May, Voluntary Arts Week will celebrate the wide range of amateur arts and craft activity taking place across the UK and Republic of Ireland – and encourage more people to join in. Voluntary Arts Week is the perfect time for you, your members and supporters to celebrate and get more people involved in your creative activity. There are several ways to take part: 

  • Run a special event during the week to encourage more people to join you in your activities. Whether you offer a free taster session so people can ‘have a go’ and see what you do, hold a ‘bring a friend’ night, run an event/exhibition in a local library or café or perform in a public place, it’s up to you. Have a look on the Voluntary Arts Week website for more ideas and advice. You can also list your event and download posters to help publicise what you’re up to –  If you already have an event, regular meet up or workshop happening during Voluntary Arts Week you can advertise this too. Send details to


  • Be part of the ‘What’s in your Window?’ campaign: From 12 to 20 May 2012, VAN are  asking individuals, groups and organisations across the UK and Republic of Ireland to show off their creative talents in a range of windows across the country. People are often unaware of the creative activity happening in their area so they are encouraging groups/organisations to partner with local shops, libraries, cafes and community centres to showcase their work and let people know how they can get involved. Picture how great it would look – houses across the UK, public libraries, community centres, offices and shops – all with wonderful arts and crafts in their window for one special week. A free ‘What’s in your Window?’ poster is available on the Voluntary Arts Week website to go alongside your display. This can be downloaded and edited with Information about what you do and can be used to invite people to your next meet up/event. Visit for more information.