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University of Cambridge Museums awarded £149,945 to help diversity flourish in arts and culture

University of Cambridge Museums is among 25 organisations across England to receive funding as the Arts Council today (13 October) announces the successful applicants to its Change Makers and Sustained Theatre Funds.

In total, the Arts Council has today announced £4.6million investment through its Change Makers and Sustained Theatre Funds, helping diversity to flourish within England’s arts and cultural sector, from its senior leadership and creative talent, to the artistic work being produced.

University of Cambridge Museums: ‘Catalyst for Change’

With the support of £149,945 from the Arts Council’s Change Makers Fund, University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) will deliver the transformative ‘Catalyst for Change’ programme as part of its commitment to increase diversity. It will complement its Major Partner Museum programme and impact on four areas of its work: audiences, workforce, governance and programming.

The UCM will work with Malavika Anderson, who will lead and curate a high profile programme season with a special focus on India in 2017, working with the UCM’s outstanding collections and reaching new and diverse audiences. UCM will provide Malavika with a tailored programme of training and leadership development and will work with UCM’s leadership and the University’s Equality and Diversity team to support organisation-wide cultural change around diversity.

About Change Makers

The money will support twenty National Portfolio Organisations and Major Partner Museums to host training placements for Black, minority ethnic and disabled leaders from across the country with bursaries. Leading on projects, and supported by tailored development programmes, these Change Makers will gain the relevant experience, knowledge skills and confidence needed to compete for Artistic Director, Chief Executive or other senior leadership positions in the future.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “For arts and culture to truly reflect our culturally varied society, diversity must be at the heart of our organisations. But to really make that happen, we all need to support a more diverse leadership. And so we are really delighted to award a bursary to University of Cambridge Museum (UCM) to create a senior leadership role for Malavika Anderson. It will not only provide an opportunity for Malavika to develop and realise her leadership potential, but also contribute to UCM’s own ambitions to engage with more diverse audiences. I am particularly pleased to see that Malavika will be joining UCM’s board for the duration of the project.”

Malavika Anderson, Change Maker at UCM, said: “I am delighted to be working with the UCM on this exciting programme. I look forward to developing a wide range of opportunities for both new and existing diverse audiences, opening up new opportunities to participate in and engage with the UCM.”

Tim Knox, Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Chair, Cambridge Museums Steering Group, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for the UCM to deliver transformational cultural change around diversity. The funding will enable us to develop new and existing partnerships and help us engage more effectively with diverse audiences in Cambridge and beyond.”

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This entry was posted on October 13, 2016 by in Behind the Scenes, Culture, Goal 4, News, Society and tagged , , , .
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