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Webinar: Grassroots Cultural Placemaking

Learn about how taking ownership of cultural assets for long-term community benefit in this Q&A and panel discussion with Second Floor Studios, Music Venues Trust and Power To Change.

How can creative social entrepreneurs take ownership of cultural assets in their communities? In this webinar and panel discussion we explored the knowledge, skills and resources required to make the most of the opportunities. The Arts & Culture Finance (ACF) team were joined by Nichole Herbert-Wood, CEO of Second Floor Studios, Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust and Bonnie Hewson, a place-based investment manager at Power to Change.

Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) is a leading arts organisation providing affordable long-term studio workspaces for visual and fine artists’ and craft and designer makers alongside other creative industries. Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues, playing a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years. Power to Change supports community businesses to create better places, helping communities to use shared power and business to transform where they live.

The panel discussion begins at 18:30, preceded by an introduction from the ACF team that explains grassroots cultural placemaking, why it is important, what it takes to succeed and where to find support. 

The session focused on what support creative entrepreneurs can access, the role of finance and case studies of successful projects. The aim was to empower artists, social entrepreneurs and local groups to seize the opportunities for cultural asset ownership and breathe new life into their communities.

Read more about the importance of grassroots social enterprise to cultural placemaking (and what it all means!) in this recent blog from Arts & Culture Finance.

The recording is available above and you can access the slides here.

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