Survey on how arts groups can be helped in Covid-19 recovery

Representatives of arts, culture and heritage groups and organisations in the High Peak are being asked how they can be supported during the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

High Peak Borough Council, in partnership with High Peak CVS, are asking the groups and organisations how they can be assisted to "emerge stronger and healthier after the pandemic". 

The arts and cultural heritage sector has been particularly affected by Covid-19, with many events cancelled and venues closed. 

Borough councillor Keith Savage is leading on the development of an Arts & Cultural Heritage Strategy for the High Peak.

The council and High Peak CVS want to investigate the possibility of establishing a borough-wide Arts & Culture Forum, open to any group with an interest.

They have launched a 10-minute survey where groups and organisations can help to identify which events, venues and community organisations are still active in arts work, how they have coped through the pandemic, what their plans for the future are and what support is needed.

People can find out more and take part by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T9WKBXG

The survey needs to be completed by the end of February. 

So far, more than 20 responses have been received.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: “High Peak has a history steeped in culture and a long-established, rich tradition in the arts and culture.

“It’s one of our strengths with the varied and exciting programme of events and activities attracting visitors from far and wide. So it’s easy to see why we want to really celebrate these central aspects of our local identity by developing a local strategy.

“The groups, events and venues that we have in the High Peak are the people and places that will bring these co-designed plans to life and provide the creativity and colour needed to ensure success. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with them now to better understand their needs and I appeal to those that haven’t yet completed the survey to do so.”

Councillor Keith Savage, Member Champion for the Arts at the Council, said: “Both the Council and the CVS already support many of the Borough’s cultural and artistic activities and we are really keen to work in partnership with more community organisations.

“One of the things we want to explore is the potential for an Arts and Culture Forum to help groups grow and thrive and emerge stronger from the last year.

“We’ve had a great response to the survey already and I’d like to thank all those who have completed it – it’s a very encouraging sign that our appetite for the arts is still strong.

“I would also encourage those that have yet to get in touch to do so – your responses will really help us to identify the actions we need to take to safeguard our precious arts and cultural resources for the benefit of everyone.”

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