York Culture Forum

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Last year, the ambitious York Culture Strategy was launched, mapping out the next five years of York’s creative future. A joint initiative between Make It York, City of York Council and the Cultural Leaders Group, the strategy aims to create opportunity and make culture relevant and accessible to everyone in the city.

The next step in York’s cultural journey is to open up the existing Cultural Leaders Group to anyone involved in the city’s creative and cultural sector, in what will become the new Culture Forum. Open to anyone working within arts and heritage, including individual artists, organisations and community groups, the Culture Forum will be a space where people can learn about and contribute to the Culture Strategy’s future direction, whilst enabling knowledge sharing, networking and partnership building.

What is it?

The Culture Forum will meet six times a year and will be an opportunity to network, enable partnership building, hear about collaboration and funding opportunities, and have regular updates on the progress of York’s five-year Culture Strategy. Members of the Culture Forum can put themselves forward to join the new Culture Executive, who will steer the Culture Strategy’s future direction. The Exec will be voted in by Forum members, becoming the first elected cultural executive group in the country.

Who is it for?

The Culture Forum is open to anybody who is involved in arts and heritage, including collections, combined arts, dance, libraries, literature, museums, music, theatre and the visual arts.  You must have a demonstrable connection to York’s culture sector to join the Culture Forum (i.e. work within the City of York area). Please note a maximum of four people should sign up from one organisation.

How can I join?

Please sign up to be a member of the Culture Forum using the form below.
If you’d like to find out more, Make It York will be running taster sessions in January. Once you’ve signed up we’ll contact you to offer you a place in one of the sessions.

When is the first meeting?

The Culture Forum will officially launch in January, with the first meeting scheduled to take place by the end of January.

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