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02/17/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
"Hello, would you like me to write a poem about you?" - The life of an Arts Council-funded door-to-door poet:

The door-to-door poet, Best of Today - BBC Radio 4
Arts Council England
02/14/2017 at 15:07. Facebook
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

"Love wins" - Luton Culture, 'As You Change' (2016)
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Today we say farewell and THANK YOU to our outgoing Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette.

We've marked his departure by adding this amazing new artwork, 'The Crowning' by Yinka Shonibare, to the Arts Council Collection.

Watch his leaving lecture on arts, culture and empathy here: [ Link ]
NEW ON OUR BLOG: "Evaluation is always going to require the investment of time and energy, but when we work together on it the results can be stronger."

Laura Venning from The Reading Agency tells us how we can all get better at evaluating projects if we share what we learn...

Evaluation matters | Arts Council England
On Holocaust Memorial Day, discover how the National Holocaust Centre have used our Digital R&D fund to find a way to keep survivors stories alive forever.

Digital technology lets Holocaust survivors share their stories forever | Arts Council England
Delighted to announce that one million children across England have now benefited from access to arts & culture through our Artsmark award scheme. #ACEsupported

One million children across England have benefitted from access to arts and culture through Artsmark | Artsmark
We're supporting Independent Venue Week, which will see gigs in 148 venues over the next 7 days. Plan to get involved? Find the nearest one to you here Already decided? Let us know which gig you're heading to by commenting below!

Independent Venue Week
Light up the North is a network of seven outdoor light festivals that take place in the North of England. Initiated by the Arts Council and coordinated by NewcastleGateshead Initiative, they are: Illuminating York, Light Night Leeds, Light up Lancaster, Lumiere (Durham), Lightpool (Blackpool), Lightwaves (Quays Culture, Salford) and Enchanted Parks (Gateshead). Aims of the network include...
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Have you got the Monday blues today? Here's why we think art and culture can make you happier in 2017.

Help us spread the word if you think #culturematters!

Goodbye to Blue Monday | Arts Council England
"We owe it to all our children to give them every chance in life"

Richard Russell, our Chief Operating Officer, on his new role at the Arts Council, addressing barriers to young people's access to arts and culture

All our children | Arts Council England
"We knew the potential had always been there, it was just waiting for some investment to light the ambition."

Read our guest blog post about Unlimited - our flagship programme supporting disabled artists - from Tony Heaton of Shape Arts.

Shaping Unlimited | Arts Council England
Does your work involve engaging with communities?

Take a look at these top tips from our guest blogger James Williams of Watford Palace Theatre...

Nine things I learned about community engagement | Arts Council England
This stage-to-screen film of the epic sell-out production of King Lear was broadcast on BBC4 on Christmas Day 2016.

A co-production from Talawa and the Royal Exchange Theatre (both Arts Council supported through our National portfolio), it starred Don Warrington and was filmed in the round in Manchester, in front of an audience.

The original theatrical stage production played to sell-out...
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NEW ON OUR BLOG: Our Chief Executive Darren Henley on why he's looking forward to seeing Hull as UK City of Culture in 2017

2017: One Hull of a Year! | Arts Council England
Blown away by the new lunchtime choir in our Manchester office. This after an hour's practice!
New on our blog: John Orna-Ornstein, our Museums Director, on how museums are subverting our expectations, and why we should encourage it to happen more

Imagine a Museum | Arts Council England
What a year it's been! Want an exclusive round-up of our best stories from 2016? Sign up for our newsletter before 10am tomorrow (Tuesday): [ Link ]