Culture Central is very pleased to have received a grant from round two of the Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support Fund, which was announced today.
Since its inception, Culture Central has been funded solely through its membership subscriptions and through targeted investment from its supporters for specific programmes.
Throughout Covid, we have advocated for, connected and supported the West Midlands arts sector – both members and non-members – more than ever before, but like so many others we have been hit hard financially by the effects of the pandemic. We are therefore extremely grateful to Arts Council England for this ERSF grant, which will improve our resilience, helping us to continue providing collaborative support and development for our members, and more organisations and freelancers across the West Midlands.
The ERSF grant will help Culture Central to continue and grow our work across our five strategic priority areas. These are:
Cultural Innovation: Supporting cultural change, recovery, resilience and innovation of the sector through research, thought leadership and cross-sector work through new and unusual partnerships.
Capacity Building: Identifying national and international opportunities and priorities, and bringing together the collective power of the region’s cultural offer to capitalise on them. Through collectively sharing practice, information and resources we advocate for developing a quality, varied and sustainable cultural offer for people in the West Midlands and beyond.
Equity & Opportunity: Making the work of the cultural sector visible, democratic and open through intersectional approaches that foreground the people and the places of the West Midlands. Creating spaces for people to have challenging conversations about the changes we need to see in the sector and society, including through the More Than A Moment movement.
Placemaking: Highlighting the role that culture has in supporting and growing communities across the towns, cities, urban centres and rural environments of the West Midlands. Ensuring that culture is foregrounded alongside regeneration, development, and sustainable growth.
Advocacy, Connection & Ecology: Leveraging existing assets, sharing knowledge and creating the environments to connect freelancers, artists, leaders, organisations and partners at local, regional and national levels. Being a powerful voice and critical friend for culture and creativity in the West Midlands.
To find out more about Culture Central, visit the About Us page. Membership for 2022-23 will start on 1st April – if you are an artist or arts organisation who is interested in joining Culture Central as a Member, please visit the Join Us page and complete the Expression of Interest form.
Photograph: Weekender in Digbeth. Photograph by Verity Milligan.