Tips, tools and case studies from Creative People and Places projects by Louise White for MB Associates

2017

Shared decision-making involves shifting the balance of power from arts practitioners and organisations to include a spectrum of local voices: for example community members, local businesses and community organisations. It creates a space where different perspectives are valued. CPP Places have found that this results in a more meaningful, locally relevant programme that increases people’s engagement in the arts. Those who share in the decisions become invested in the art and spread the word, and local people see a stronger fit with their locality. They share pride and ownership of something that is ‘of’ and ‘with’ the community rather than just ‘for’ the community.

This resource is for you if…
You are:
⊲ an arts practitioner
⊲ a creative producer
⊲ an organisation of any size
…with a mission to engage local people in arts, culture and creativity.
You want:
⊲ to develop locally-resonant, creative
programming by involving your local community in sharing decisions to shape it.

Keywords: governance, strategy

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