Creative Black Country

Creative Black Country (CBC) is an action learning project funded by Arts Council England through the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme to engage audiences in areas where evidence shows people are less likely to take part in publicly funded arts and culture.

CBC works with  communities in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to explore and develop new creative projects with local people in the places where they live.

Creative Communities - Connecting People and Places

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Are you a community group based in the Black Country who would like to have a go at something creative? Do you need support developing your creative idea with your local community?

CBC's Creative Communities strand is about supporting communities to co-create new work with us that is relevant, authentic and genuinely participatory for people living in the Black Country. We also offer support to help communities to develop their skills and confidence in accessing and developing creative and cultural activities.

We are not prescriptive about what creative activity you do; you can try out a new craft skill, set up a choir, start a garden gallery with your neighbours, produce a set of how-to guides and virtual workshops, create a photographic exhibition online or a creative writing and storytelling group - all the ideas come from you. We welcome ideas that help people get creative whilst remaining socially distanced during the current pandemic.

What is important to us is that you are involved in the design and delivery of the project, and that it reaches people who may not  normally have this kind of creative opportunity.

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Current projects - CBC's current projects that you can get involved in: 

More about the project - find out more about CBC, the team, vacancies and supporters: 

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CBC has been brought together by our local  partnership board of Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council & Walsall Voluntary Action (working as Black Country Together CIC), Multistory and Black Country Touring.

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