Arts Index: the Board responds….

The National Campaign of the Arts is run by a board of unpaid trustees, who volunteer their time to producing the NCA's key projects - the Arts Index, the Hearts for the Arts Awards, and to the scoping of a large-scale, public facing campaign designed to encourage and enable the public at large to demonstrate their support for the arts.

The Pandemic Poems Poetry Jukebox

NCA Chair, Samuel West, set up poetry-reading initiative - PANDEMIC POEMS - just ahead of the official UK Coronavirus lock-down. The poems provide a much needed sense of perspective, reflection, and some hope in a time of uncertainty and grief. Here he writes about the Pandemic Poems process:


The efforts of arts organisations to embrace digital performances and online sharing has been awe-inspiring. Particularly awe-inspiring for us at the NCA was how the National Student Drama Festival innovated all of its plans for their 2020 festival into a festival that could be entirely accessible online. NSDF's Director, James Phillips, tells us of the challenges and successes of this unique year for NSDF:

Celebrating Hackney’s Windrush Generations Festival

Last month, Hackney Council's Petra Roberts picked up the Hearts for the Arts Award for the Windrush Generations Festival, which won the award for Best Arts Project - Community Cohesion. As Cultural Development Manager at Hackney Council, Petra led the Windrush Programme and here she tells about the Festival in more detail; about its inspiring intergenerational approach and why storytelling is everything:

What our winners did next…

Having just announced this year's Hearts for the Arts Award Winners on Friday, we got to thinking and hoping that the impact of the awards stretches further than Valentine's Day.