On Monday 27 January, the Arts Council launched its new strategy for 2020-2030, Let’s Create.
The strategy has three stated outcomes: Creative People, Creative Communities and a Creative Country.
After extensive consultation over the last 18 months across England, the message was very clear: people wanted their creativity and cultural experiences to be rooted in their communities.
Sir Nicholas Serota has spoken of libraries being at the heart of the new strategy. One of the priorities in the Creative Communities outcome is that we will enable public libraries to apply for National Lottery Project Grants to deliver on all four Universal Library Offers.
Arts Council England will support applications for projects in support of Health and Wellbeing, and Information and Digital, as well as Reading and Creativity and Culture, which might seem more closely aligned to the more traditional aims and objectives of the Arts Council.
Read more from Sue Willamson, Director Libraries, Arts Council England and download the full report on the Libraries Connected website.