Voluntary Arts Week – what’s it all about?
Each week, thousands of volunteer-led cultural groups meet across the UK and Republic of Ireland. They’ve discovered it’s a great way to learn new things, have fun, meet people, share skills and feel good!
Voluntary Arts champions and promotes this wonderful creative activity, and to give it a moment in the spotlight, coordinates the Voluntary Arts Week festival every May. During this special week, we encourage creative groups of all kinds to showcase what they do and invite newcomers to join them. For those running events, we have tons of helpful resources and advice in the form of toolkits and publicity material.
Events across the UK and RoI are listed on the Voluntary Arts Week website, so people can search for something happening near them. Voluntary Arts also works with a range of partners and media to help spread the word about Voluntary Arts Week and groups taking part in it. These include BBC Get Creative, Making Music and Festival of Museums.
So if you want to attract new people to your group feel part of a nationwide celebration, then get involved!
Voluntary Arts Week 2015 in numbers:
400 events across the UK and RoI
Over 50,000 people taking part
64% of participants had never tried that cultural activity before
68% of attendees planned to join a group or volunteer as a result of taking part
Find out more about Voluntary Arts Week 2015 here.
Voluntary Arts Week is an initiative of Voluntary Arts – the national development agency for the voluntary arts sector. We work to promote and increase active participation in creative cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland, offering help and advice to groups nationwide and championing the work of the sector via our annual Epic Awards. For support, advice, free resources and profiling opportunities, connect with your local Voluntary Arts team in; England, Northern and Republic of Ireland, Scotland and/or Wales: www.voluntaryarts.org.
Sign up to the Voluntary Arts Enews and visit the Voluntary Arts website for regular updates on arts news, funding opportunities, jobs and volunteering – www.voluntaryarts.org/enews
The Voluntary Arts Week team is based at the Voluntary Arts Scotland office in Edinburgh (but Voluntary Arts Week takes place across the UK and Republic of Ireland).
If you have any questions or would like to discuss how your or your group could get involved, please contact Cassandra on: