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Notes from the Chair 16th July 2012

I had my first day in my Games Maker uniform this last Saturday, at the Olympic Park, and it is all starting to feel very real. Winning Words, an initiative from the Forward Arts Foundation, is bringing both temporary and permanent poetry installations to the Olympic Park, and are hoping to ‘carpet the nation’ with poetry. They have also set up a lovely open access creative game called The Generator, to get people started with writing their own 2012 inspired poems. Here in Ely we are going to use the Generator to help create a new poem for the visit of the Paralympic lantern on 25 August. You can find out more about the whole project, and The Generator in particular, at http://www.winningwordspoetry.com/.

 With another hat on, I am continuing to ponder how we work with the new cultural well-being responsibility within the National Planning Policy Framework. Key questions include what do we mean by cultural well-being?  How to do we measure it? Is it different in different places?  How can we know how successful we are without going back to the language of targets? And last but not least, how do we place the arts within this debate?

 I am already aware of some excellent work going on locally, but would very much welcome hearing from anyone who is working on this question. Particularly given the limited time and resources we all now have, this is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate how sharing good practice and experience can help the whole sector. As usual you can contact me at jane.wilson@adec.org.uk, or email Pete Bryan at Artsdevuk@aol.com, especially if you have something able to go up onto the website or into the e-zine.

Jane Wilson
Chair of AD:uk
Tel: 01353 669022 Email: jane.wilson@adec.org.uk