Stage Thursday, July 28th

Funding boost for Arts Alive

Stage Thursday, July 28th

Funding boost for Arts Alive

Were you one of the thousands of film enthusiasts who enjoyed this year's Flicks In The Sticks across Herefordshire?

You might be pleased to hear that the organisation behind the cinematic roadshow is to receive a cash boost.

This week Arts Alive has learnt that its £120,000 application to the Arts Council Catalyst Evolve fund has been successful.

The Catalyst Evolve programme is designed to help arts organisations become more skilled at raising funds from new sources such as sponsorship, trusts and private donations.

And as part of the programme, every £1 raised from new fundraising will be matched by the Arts Council.

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The news of the cash injection has delighted Sian Kerry, director of Arts Alive.

“This is massive boost for our small rural arts organisation with a wide geographic reach," she said.

"We will be working in partnership with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme in Northumberland and the Pennines, as we are comparable organisations with similar demands and opportunities. 

"Catalyst Evolve will build our skills and resources and help Arts Alive to become financially resilient as public subsidy for the arts diminishes.

"We want to keep working with local promoters to deliver great community events in rural areas, keeping villages vibrant and bringing great arts events to all.”

Arts Alive presents more than 100 live professional performances each year and incorporates Flicks in the Sticks, delivering more than 1,000 films to communities annually.

Their programming brings a mix of Oscar winners, quirky indie titles and live theatre screenings to communities whose access to the silver screen is otherwise limited.

Tile photo: Tom De Cort via CC-BY-SA

Main photo: Audience Full Movie by Emily via CC-BY-SA


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