Citizen power Peterborough: arts and social change evaluation

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Mingard, Edwin
Date of publication
3 July 2015
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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The Arts and Social Change programme was part of Citizen Power Peterborough, a two and a half year programme combining both action research and policy analysis to explore how the renewal of civic activism and community action would improve attachment to the city, develop and strengthen networks, and cultivate public service innovation. Citizen Power Peterborough offered a unique opportunity to look at building capacity for innovation within both the arts and non-arts communities and explore how the two might be linked.

How could  innovative practice in the arts be connected with with the desire to innovate outside the arts? What might be the distinctiveness of Peterborough as part of a wider ecosystem of cultural innovation? What are the spaces that enable something to happen? How do we expose the gap between what we say we want and what we do that invites a willingness to change? Many of our partner artists spoke about the art of invitation in their work. How can the arts encourage a willingness to alter behavioural patterns? And what is it that Peterborough can offer the broader creative and cultural ecology of the U.K.? It is hoped that Arts and Social Change in Citizen Power has contributed to understanding how these questions might be answered in the future.

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