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Anyone involved in the arts and culture scene in Bromsgrove District is being invited to come and help make the new plan for the future at two events in July, after a £49,000 grant from Arts Council England was secured to engage more local people.

Arts Council England gave the money to Bromsgrove District Council, the convenor of the Bromsgrove Arts and Culture Consortium, a group of local arts and heritage organisations, to identify and break down barriers between people and arts and heritage in the district and widen audiences.

Artrix, Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove Arts Alive!, Bromsgrove Festival, Bromsgrove International Music Competition, Severn Arts - Worcestershire’s Music Education Hub, and Bromsgrove District Council came together to make the successful bid.

It means the Beatfreeks Collective, and within that group creative research organisations Doink and Free Radical, have been brought on board to co-create a new cultural engagement action plan for the district. To kick this process off, all local arts and cultural organisations, small or large, formal or informal, are now invited to two creative public workshops in July to share what they are doing, their experiences doing it, and what they would want to see happen.

A Bromsgrove Arts and Culture Consortium spokesperson said: “These sessions are designed to be a fun and engaging way to help everyone share their experiences and tell us what they really want, to help steer the plan for the future. We’re especially keen to hear from groups that might be smaller or informal, people that we may not already be in regular contact with. Come and tell us who are you engaging with, what's working well, who you would you like to engage with, but are struggling to connect to, and what you think is missing from Bromsgrove's cultural offer.

“The eventual recommendations will be heavily informed by these real experiences of people that are out there doing the work in the community. The more people we are able to hear from, the better. We really want to humanise the planning process.”

The sessions are at Avoncroft Museum from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday July 5, and at Catshill Social Club from 1pm to 3.30pm on Saturday July 21.

Each session can accommodate up to 45 people, and if you’re unable to attend for any reason catch-up meetings can be held, questionnaires are available, and you can still get yourself on the project’s mailing list. All the details, including how to RSVP to confirm your place, can be found at https://tellmewhatyouwant-artsorgsworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk.

The project is also supported by the district council, the Elmley Foundation, Worcestershire County Council, the Bromsgrove Society and Bromsgrove Rotary Club.