Get involved #CreativeNetwork Join #CreativeNetwork - Local Arts Wales Creative Lives hosts an online network to connect anyone working in, or with an interest in, local arts development in Wales. [Cymraeg] The aims of the network are: to offer opportunities to share and celebrate the work that takes place across Wales; to link local arts development with national policy; to provide opportunities for collaboration; and to provide mutual support to local arts development. The meetings are at 9:30am on the first Thursday of the month via Zoom. You can access the meeting via the 'Join' button here: https://www.creative-lives.org/creativenetwork Next meeting 1 July 2021 - Event: The arts in Wales as an ecosystem With guest speaker Professor John Holden, who is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, an Honorary Professor of Hong Kong University and an Associate at the think-tank Demos. He is the author of many works, including The Ecology of Culture. Meeting archive 4 June 2020 - Inaugural meeting 2 July 2020 - Information exchange 6 August 2020 - New opportunities for collaboration 3 September 2020 - Making the case - Demonstrating the effectiveness of our work 1 October 2020 - Restarting arts activity in Wales 5 November 2020 - Imperfect Continuity - What can we do to ensure our work continues to develop? 3 December 2020 - Looking Ahead - As this turbulent year draws to a close, what can we learn and build on in 2021? (Short video summary here) 7 January 2021 - Blended Activities - How can we plan for blended provision: delivering a mix of in-person and at-distance arts activities? (Short video summary here) 4 February 2021 - Creative Recovery - with Pippa Coutts, Policy and Development Manager, Carnegie UK, Naz Syed, Community Artist, Ziba Creative and Coordinator, Newport Fusion, and Robin Simpson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts (Short video summary here) 4 March 2021 - Coping Creatively: What are the methods and messages for promoting creative activity as a coping mechanism? (Short video summary here) 6 May 2021 - Creativity and Social Connection: What is the role of the arts in helping tackle the loneliness caused by the pandemic? If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Gareth Coles on [email protected] We’re very grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for their support for this venture.