Making the case for arts projects working with vulnerable people
The City Bridge Trust, an organisation providing grants to charitable projects benefiting the inhabitants of Greater London, commissioned Lemos&Crane to undertake this project.
Though City Bridge Trust is not primarily regarded as an arts funder, it has supported a range of arts-based projects which have made a significant contribution to the organisation’s core grant giving priorities – which include promoting positive mental health, improving quality of life for older people, enabling positive transitions to independent living for homeless and vulnerable people, bridging communities, and facilitating access to the arts and leisure for disabled people.
In a climate of severe public sector cuts, The City Bridge Trust felt that the need to demonstrate the value of arts-based projects in delivering tangible and valuable social outcomes is more important than ever. The value needs to be communicated to national policy makers, commissioners and funders; local commissioners of services for vulnerable people; and to organisations delivering arts-based projects.
Lemos&Crane's report Create-Ability: the changing meaning of art and artistry sets out the personal and social outcomes that can be achieved by successful arts projects and interventions, and includes in-depth case studies and a framework for identifying the benefits of different arts interventions for different client groups.
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