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Arts and Cultural Strategy

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

1. Foreword

The role of the arts and culture in building strong, cohesive communities has long been recognised.

Cultural activity brings together communities, promotes social cohesion, and encourages greater civic participation fostering a spirit of cooperation and support. We have a diverse community in Gravesham across many different cultures, social economic backgrounds, ages and philosophical outlooks. In a Borough with such diverse communities, the arts and culture have a vital role to play in drawing us together.

Gravesham Borough Council recognises the importance of arts and culture in creating a Borough that people are proud to call home and has a long-standing commitment to supporting the sector and this Administration made a commitment to the people of Gravesham to support and develop our arts and culture and showcase the very best of Gravesham’s creative and cultural talent.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown hit the arts and culture community particularly hard nationwide and has left question marks over the future of theaters, galleries, arts projects and community groups as they struggle to recover from the financial impact.

Gravesham is home to many artists and arts organisations and Gravesham Borough Council recognises the value they bring to our Borough and is committed to supporting this sector at this time and working with them to bring great arts and culture to Gravesham in the future.

This strategy will play an important role in helping the sector in the Borough not just to recover but to develop and thrive with some exciting new initiatives planned and reaffirms the council’s unstinting support for all those individuals and organisations contributing to what has always been a vibrant and vital part of life in Gravesham.

Councillor Shane Mochrie-Cox
Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure

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