AmbITion Re:connected – A word from the Arts Council

This is a live blog of the AmbITion Re:connected  event at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.  If you spot any errors or inaccuracies or would simply like to contribute to the conversation, leave us a comment!

Next on: Sarah Fisher (Arts Council England – North West), Dawn Giles (Arts Council England – East)

Dawn from the Arts Council emphasises that the journey that arts organisations have taken on AmbITion is one that the Arts Council will be learning from going forward.

Arts Council staff will also be receiving training to upskill and work with the clients.

Her giveaway:  continue learning.

Sarah adds that a few of the organisations in the sector were already very skilled in digital.  However there were those that weren’t.

AmbITion isn’t about process. It’s about narratives, how the sector changes.  If we can create interesting narratives and soundbites then the sector can change.

There are a lot of zealots out there.  Like Bill Thompson! They exist because it’s a new way of communicating.  Those narratives are there because it’s a great way to engage the sector.

We’d love you all to turn into Bill Thompson so you all have conversations about using digital to change your practice.

It’s all about you organisations leading the thinking about how you changed.

Look at us as a roomful of zealots who can sell this to the rest of the sector.

There is a big willingness in the Arts Council to change.

It’s a priority for us to work with arts organisations to accommodate this change and this is because it is a necessity for the arts sector as a whole.

Next up: the first of the ‘stories’.

People Get Ready – two organisations share the change they went through.  New Writing Partnership and Oldham Coliseum.


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