Happy New Year! And we can start it off with some good news!
‘Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art’, a book about the British Community Arts Movement, co-edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty has now been completed. We expect it to be published, by Bloomsbury Methuen, in the summer of 2017. it will first be available in hard back and as an e-book and eventually in paperback.
Over the next year, we hope to be able to give you a flavour of what the book contains. We’d love to hear from you if you are holding events, exhibitions or conferences that are linked to the history of community arts – for example, Junction Arts have just been celebrating 40 years of delivering fantastic arts work in the rural areas of East Midlands and are creating an archive for their work. Or you may be planning new projects or programmes for 2017 which you think have a strong connection to the kinds of politics and principles that were important to community artists.
Many of us think that it is more important than ever to argue for and work for cultural, social, and economic change. Let us know what you are planning; it would be great to make some new friends and allies in 2017!