Creative Communities - Connecting people and places

What’s it all about?
Creative Black Country are looking to work with communities in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell to explore, participate and develop creative projects in the places where they live.

Creative Communities is a 3-year development programme that will help you to connect with artists, arts organisations and spaces (museums, theatres, fab labs). We will work with you to experiment and trial different activities, then build your ability to fundraise, programme and promote exciting cultural experiences in your community.

What can you expect from us?
Support from an Arts Advisor: You will receive up to 14 days of pre-paid support from a highly experienced Arts Advisor. Arts Advisors work with you to explore creative opportunities, see great work and trial new ideas. A £2,400 kitty will be made available for each new Creative Communities group to support activity over 6 – 12 months.

Support from a Development Worker: You will be assigned a Development Worker from your local voluntary sector council (‘SCVO’ in Sandwell, ‘WVSC’ in Wolverhampton or ‘One Walsall’ in Walsall) to support your organisational needs. They will work with you to identify fundraising opportunities and help you to grow a long-term creative and strategic plan.

Flexibility: You may work with us for 6 months, 1 year or the full 3 years. However long you take part in the Creative Communities programme, our commitment to you doesn’t change. You will be able to access further resources as part of our Creative Network:

Creative Network: You will join the wider Creative Black Country network. There will be chances to meet and connect with other Creative Communities in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell and take part in a special menu of events, workshops and opportunities.

What is expected of you?
A willingness to try something new: Your community will be open to exploring creative experiences; whether it be through going to see a play, an exhibition, learning a new skill or bringing artists into your community.

Match-funding: Creative Communities is about building long-term relationships between Black Country people and the arts. We ask for your commitment to work with us to generate £700 match-funding during your first year with us. We can support you to do this and any money raised will be for you to spend on your community.

Your story: All of our Creative Communities are unique; with different interests, backgrounds, activities, challenges and beliefs. We believe in tailoring the Creative Communities programme to meet your needs. We ask that you keep us up to date on your progress so that we can share your story across our creative network and more widely.

For more information contact us on 0121 525 1127 |