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28 April 2009: The Local Area Agreement in Northamptonshire Sue Grace: Head of Customer & Cultural Services Introduction: • We, the County Council and its partners, are currently at the end of year 1 of the second Local Area Agreement. • Outcome under Stronger Communities theme “increasing participation in culture, sport and physical activity” • Of the 35 national indicators – Ni8: Adult participation in sport was selected by partners it is supported by: – NI11: engagement in arts – NI9 – use of public libraries Participation in culture, sport and physical activity – Key question, how to increase participation and deliver the LAA targets? – So, Creating Connections: A Strategy for Culture and Sport in Northamptonshire 2009-12. Creating Connections - 4 Themes: • Development of the physical infrastructure • Development of capacity within the cultural sector • Cultural offer for the residents of the county • Contribution of culture to the profile of the county Why a strategy? • To demonstrate how we can deliver this outcome • To maximise the benefit for the county of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and the Cultural Olympiad • Strategy is a framework for a set of Delivery Plans – geographic, sector & organisation specific Arts Delivery Plan 2009/10 • To deliver to the four themes • Agreed by the Northants Arts Partnership and Creative Northants Board (the latter is a means of linking the arts sector to other key partners, HE, LDVs, sub-regional economic partnership etc.) • Currently in draft to be agreed by end April • Partnership strategy – what we can do better by working together Other LAA Targets • How can we make a wider contribution to the LAA? – Stronger, empowered and more cohesive communities – Improved life chances for children and young people – Improved adult health and well being Opportunity – to position the arts within this framework • No specific additional funding but helps draw down funding, supports case for increased funding and may help draw funding from other sources • Helps improve the profile of the arts • Very hard to access services with commissioning funds eg. social care and children’s services – start of a journey • Examples of projects.....
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