Arts and culture on our doorstep

The Cultural Development Service supports a range of activities which enable local people to engage with and shape arts and culture on their doorsteps, whilst supporting the growth and development of artists and companies working in this area.

These activities bring local people together with their neighbours and help to build a sense of individual identity and community cohesion.

Local Arts Fora

Each of Birmingham’s ten districts has its own local Arts Forum which offers a flexible network for advocating the arts at a district level. They help to develop capacity locally through effective partnerships and ways of working. Each Arts Forum has a respective Arts Champion and a coordinator that has an overview of the cultural offering across their area. Number 11 Arts is the umbrella organisation set up to support, enrich and advocate for our city-wide network of Arts Fora.

Arts Champions Scheme

We support a range of large arts organisations which provide a high quality, year round programme, mainly in the city centre. The Arts Champions scheme pairs each of these organisations with a district to enable all residents to benefit from this investment in their local area. The Arts Champions deliver projects and support neighbourhood planning for arts, leading to an interesting mix of artistic branding and community input.

Connecting Communities through Culture

Increasing participation in arts and cultural activity within local communities, encouraging people to identify common ground and promote stronger and more integrated communities.

Read more about our work in delivering this programme.