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About the Inquiry

The Inquiry seeks to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play nationally and in their communities. Through research and consultation we want to develop understanding of what constitutes ‘next practice’ and create a movement of organisations committed to demonstrating it.

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The civic role of arts organisations: A...

We asked King's College London to prepare this literature review as the foundation for the Inquiry.

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Arts and civic engagement toolkit

As part of the Animating Democracy programme from Americans for the Arts they have created a suite of tools to help...

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Chaotic, cruel and unknowable

Posted by Dominic Gray

In 2016 the challenges facing society can appear chaotic, cruel and unknowable. To understand and make positive change we...

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How arts organisations can teach us to build a...

Posted by Stella Toonen

On 27 July What Next? and the Inquiry held a roundtable discussion where young arts people were asked to explain what roles...

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