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Inquiry into the civic role of arts organisations

The ICC is conducting research that will consider the civic role of arts organisations as part of a programme of work funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

With support from the ICC and project partners What Next? and the RSA, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Inquiry Into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations will aim to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play nationally and in their communities — using research and consultation to develop understanding of ‘next practice’ and create a movement of organisations committed to demonstrating it.

As part of the first phase of the inquiry, which will help to define and survey the civic role of arts organisations, the ICC will take the lead in undertaking a number of research activities designed to support the inquiry. These activities will include a systematic review of both academic and practitioner literatures; a set of structured interviews with thought leaders around the civic role of the arts; a survey of arts organisations; a comparative review of case studies and best practice; and two in-depth examinations of leading case studies.

The knowledge base established in this first phase will go on to inform the recommendations developed as part of Phase 2 of the inquiry, as well as the implementation plan devised for Phase 3 which will aim to ensure that the work of the inquiry makes a lasting difference.

Further information about the inquiry and how arts and other interested organisations can participate is available on the inquiry website.

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