Thanks to funding from an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to develop libraries as cultural hubs, Dorset Library Service is to run a digital arts programme for young people and adults.

  • The year-long programme is supported by The Friends Group of Sturminster Newton Library and 4 other libraries further afield.
  • Working with The Arts Development Company, the focus will be on celebrating diversity with a selection of artists. There will be bespoke events for specific community groups, including adults living with dementia. Activities will also support mental health in young people, and adults and children will have the opportunity to engage in Arts Award Discover and Explore.
  • The range of activities will include author events, music, arts, poetry, and dance linked to national celebrations such as National Poetry Day, Black History Month, October 2021, LGBT+ History Month and World Book Day.
  • Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer and Community Services said: “This is such an exciting opportunity and I am really pleased that Arts Council England has awarded this grant to develop Dorset libraries as cultural hubs. This National Lottery-funded investment will enable more people to experience art and culture locally, whilst also helping address mental health and wellbeing, and social isolation.”
  • Hannah Baker, Inclusion and Wellbeing Lead at The Arts Development Company said: “The Arts Development Company is delighted to be a partner for this next phase of work with Dorset Library Service. This work will enable the library service to further develop their digital reach and connect with diverse communities across Dorset.”

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