‘It’s a spark, a catalyst. We’ve got well over 100 Cultural Connectors now and if we can grow that, we can use that as a political resource with getting the arts supported.’
CBD is making a difference. Local people are actually doing things themselves.
It’s a spark, a catalyst. Encouraging the council to do more. It’s certainly been bringing the creativity out, we’ve got well over 100 Cultural Connectors now working with CBD which is a tremendous result and if we can grow that we can use that as a political resource with getting the arts supported. It’s made people realise that there’s a whole artistic world out there that they can be part of. I think there’s been a lot more awareness of the arts and there’s been more pride in the community and borough and more people have taken the opportunity to become involved in some way in the arts.
One of the big successes is going to the Royal Opera House to see Romeo and Juliet last autumn. We had over 150 people from Barking and Dagenham, many of whom wouldn’t have seen a ballet before.
For me, I’ve gained new experiences, business skills from being part of the network of Cultural Connectors and I’ve made some very good friends. It’s given me lots of opportunities to participate, get involved in the arts and meet new people.