Civic Engagement for Arts Organisations

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has published the first phase of its report into the civic role of arts organisations. The report looks at the current challenges facing arts organisations pursuing a civic role in communities and lays the ground for policy changes to encourage a greater civic role to be played.

The report notes that arts organisations with a civic role share common features. They are dedicated to artistic excellence and fostering individual creativity. They have inspiring leaders, committed to a civic role. People and local communities are central to their practice. It adds that “We lack a common language and classification system for the civic role. Leaders appear overstretched and undersupported.”