Inclusion

We believe it is in the nature of the arts to hold up a critical mirror to society, and to break down barriers between its different groups. But is our sector fully reflective of the communities we live in?  

This debate is about the urgency to open up the arts to all of society - to all the classes, ethnicities, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

 

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In the not too dim and distant past, the word might have elicited groans – another thing to think about, another box to tick. Responding to a variety of audience needs can be demanding especially when it has been about physical space, for example, adapting old buildings to modern day demands.
Stopgap Dance Company, Artificial Things, 2013. Dampfzentrale Bern/flickr, CC BY-NC-SA
For three weeks each August the city of Edinburgh explodes with life as it showcases the best in the arts via The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In this publication, the Arts Council sets out and invites the arts sector to engage with a new and different approach to diversity and equality in the arts, which we are calling the Creative Case.
Among the new approaches to the management of cultural diversity, multiculturalism became a widely popular solution early on. As any other solution, it had to be pushed forward. “The concrete benefits of multicultural citizenship include higher levels of naturalization, greater incorporation into the political system, and less violent debates about the accommodation of diversity” (Bloemrad, 2007, p. 170-171).
“We need the ability to create ideas that in advance are thought to match the many narrative tools we shall use digitally and socially.” Steffen Hjaltelin, Danish advertising guru and director, Hjaltelin Stahl

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