Fresh funding boost for Coventry's year as UK City of Culture 2021 - The Coventry Observer

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Fresh funding boost for Coventry's year as UK City of Culture 2021

Felix Nobes 26th Feb, 2019

A CHARITY dedicated to extending the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games is granting £200,000 towards Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021.

The funding from Spirit of 2012 will go towards the city’s plans to deliver an ‘exciting and pioneering’ programme during the year, charity chiefs say.

It will create new roles at key charitable and cultural organisations in the city to plan and organise community-led projects.

The grant will fund four associate producer roles, as well as the training and development of four volunteer community evaluators who will begin the task of monitoring the progress and impact of the City of Culture year.

The four associate producers will be based in Grapevine, an advocacy and support service for those in need; the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre; Positive Youth Foundation, a service provider for young people; and the Central England Law Centre, based in Coventry.

Each producer will work with service users and leaders to develop community-led artistic responses to Coventry’s City of Culture programme.

Spirit of 2012 chief executive Debbie Lye said: “We’re really excited by Coventry’s vision for 2021: an arts and culture programme made for and by everyone in the city.

“Coventry’s drive to represent, include and excite a modern, diverse and youthful Britain chimes with our own funding mission, and we’re delighted to be on board from the start of what promises to be a thrilling journey.

“We were also a principal funder of Hull City of Culture 2017, joining the programme in its earliest stages, and we learned a great deal about how City of Culture impacts on individuals, organisations and whole communities.

“The key is inclusion, and this grant is designed to support the Coventry team as it puts that at the heart of all its plans.”

Chief executive for the Coventry City of Culture Trust Martin Sutherland said “Receiving this grant from Spirit of 2012 will provide a fantastic boost to our ongoing work with our communities, and is a real endorsement of our vision and mission.”

The trust’s creative director Chenine Bhathena added: “Coventry is committed to reducing health and wellbeing inequalities. We are a city of migrants, a city without walls, a city with a strong social conscience. This funding will support the City of Culture Trust to work with pioneering community organisations, leaders and activists for social change.”

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