The Head of Culture presented the above report details of which had been previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to adopt the Arts and Culture Strategy including a 5-year action plan.
Councillor Cusack welcomed the report and commended the work achieved by Officers. She said that the Arts provided numerous benefits and in particular regarding mental health and wellbeing and it was important that Council provided a platform to support local artists.
Councillor Cooper also welcomed the report. He referred to the financial support from the Arts Council and suggested that they be invited back at an appropriate time to give a follow-on presentation from their previous representation to Committee, to give an outline of how they plan to align their own activity to support the strategy.
Alderman Hussey welcomed the report and in particular the establishment of a Co Delivery Group to oversee the implementation of the Arts and Culture Strategy. He referred to the proposed change of Cultural Venues Fund to Cultural Organisation Fund and the removal of the requirement to be owner/lease holder of a premises and said that this would be a catalyst in terms of encouraging participation from cultural organisations.
Recommended that Council;
i) adopts the Arts and Culture Strategy and 5 year action plan.
ii) approves the establishment of a Co Delivery Group to oversee the implementation of the Arts and Culture Strategy to include a Member and Officer participation.
iii) approves an increase of the Arts and Culture budget by £150,000 to deliver the key actions detailed within the report subject to the rates process.