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One day left to submit your Hearts for the Arts nominations!

You have one day left to help us celebrate Councils, Councillors and Council Officers who are doing exceptional work to keep the arts at the heart of community life!

What Next? and the National Campaign for the Arts have come together to launch Hearts for the Arts, a new initiative to reward and thank Councils, Councillors and Council officers who are overcoming financial challenges to ensure the arts stay at the centre of community life.  You can make nominations for three Awards:

1.     Best Local Authority Arts Initiative

This is a really broad category that includes any sort of project or programme led by a Local Authority or where the Local Authority is a crucial and fully engaged partner.  This could be anything from a new classical concert programme to a project using the arts to increase levels of household recycling.

We are looking for initiatives that demonstrate:

  • Evidence of need for the initiative
  • Strong leadership from the local authority
  • Effective communication and engagement with the community in the development and delivery of the project
  • Effective partnerships, including with other local authorities, professional arts organisations and other voluntary sector organisations
  • Innovation, particularly in ways that maximise resources
  • Sustainability of initiative
  • Demonstrable impact for the community involved

2.     Best Local Authority Arts Champion 

Leadership is critically important to keep the arts at the heart of local communities.  Sometimes things happen thanks to active championing from Council Leaders and Mayors.  More often its other Councillors and Council Officers who work passionately and tirelessly on arts projects and programmes in their communities.

We are looking for individuals (elected Councillors or members of Council staff) who:

  • Are excellent advocates for the arts in their areas
  • Have had an impact – both within the Council and outside – in moving the arts up the agenda
  • Have brought together and supported partnerships to develop and deliver arts projects in their communities
  • Can point to positive change in their communities thanks to their intervention and leadership

3.     Best Local Authority Arts Project encouraging community cohesion

The arts can be very effective in bringing us together. They can help us explore difficult issues in a safe space, and increase mutual understanding.

We are looking for arts initiatives specifically designed to increase community cohesion, that demonstrate:

  • Evidence of need for the initiative
  • Strong leadership from the local authority
  • Effective communication and engagement with the community in the development and delivery of the project
  • Effective partnerships, including with other local authorities, professional arts organisations and other voluntary sector organisations
  • Innovation, particularly in ways that maximise resources
  • Sustainability of initiative
  • Demonstrable impact for the community involved

Please complete the nomination form and submit it by Friday 11 November.  Please do include all your contact details; we may want to get in touch to find out more information about your nominees. There is no limit on the number of nominations you can make.