Creativity and intelligence from artsfunding.ning?

26 June 2010 | By Cause4 staff

It has been great to see the establishment of the online community – www.artsfunding.ning.com - that is acting as hub for information about funding cuts and also as a forum for arts

Established by Marcus Romer, Artistic Director of the Pilot Theatre the website is a hub to enable the arts community to share information and act with creativity and intelligence. News last week was that the DCMS will potentially have to find 25% in savings over the next four years, preparation is vital and for arts organisations to scenario plan for cuts in the Autumn that are likely to be as much as 10% at best.

However, out of adversity comes opportunity and as Lynn Gardner says in her Guardian Blog this week: “it cannot just be every artist for themselves. It must be every artist for the best possible art for everyone”.

Now is the time for the arts sector to pull together and for individual organisations to help each other and themselves not only to weather the storm but able to think laterally about delivering the best products to their audiences, for new types of partnership and the establishment of new creativity in thinking.

We hope that www.artsfunding.ning.com will be a leading forum to encourage new ideas. Now is the time to eschew negativity; there are opportunities to engage new funders, to talk to philanthropists and businesses that have not previously been seen as potential partners and to share knowledge and new initiatives with each other.

Often the strongest fundraising organisations are those that have faced crisis and responded with depth and creativity. As John F Kennedy said when written in Chinese, the word ''crisis'' is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity. Let’s make this an opportunity to change and collaborate for the future.

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Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of ACE

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