Communities know they have a voice and are architects of the projects that happen locally. Community engagement is recognised as a collective ambition, central to culture, the responsibility of all, and the core around which we galvanise our cross-sector partnership approach.
By 2030 all of Medway’s communities have access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences and opportunities. Everyone has their creativity and diversity reflected, valued and are given the opportunity to flourish.
Challenges and opportunities
- We are not currently reaching into all parts of the diverse Medway communities. Engagement in culture in Medway is currently lower than regional averages. This Theme is around setting this straight and ensuring that we increase participation levels and reach as many people as possible, allowing them to get involved as much or as little as they want to.
- Medway has a number of creative practitioners who deliver high-quality engagement work with communities across Medway. However, work is often project-based and fragmented.
- We need to support long term engagement with communities recognising that engagement is a marathon not a sprint. Engagement in culture can have huge benefits in terms of developing pride in place and driving aspiration and change. We need to achieve a step-change in engagement to unlock these potentials.
- Community engagement should be a collective ambition; by reaching out collectively we can engage the widest range of audiences and participants.
- Ensuring diversity of our communities encompasses acceptance and respect, recognising our differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. By ensuring acceptance and respect, we can move to authentically embrace the rich diversity of individuals and communities across Medway.
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Delivering the Theme
- Setting up a shared way to communicate who is doing what and in which communities.
- Auditing the skills within the communities we work with so that they can be recognised and used if they wish.
- Developing a programme of engaging and visible culture, developing arts and culture beyond traditional spaces to our streets and parks and open spaces.