Cultural Services Commissioning Strategy - August 2009

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Presentation to senior management outlining the role of local government in commissioning cultural services for an inner London Borough.

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Cultural Services Commissioning Strategy - August 2009

  1. 1. Cultural Services Commissioning Strategy James Caspell 11 August 2009
  2. 2. Statement <ul><li>“ In its broadest sense, culture today can be viewed as a set of distinctive spiritual and material, intellectual and emotional characteristics which define a society or social group. In addition to the arts and letters, it encompasses ways of life and fundamental rights of the person, value systems, traditions and beliefs.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definition <ul><li>Culture (noun): </li></ul><ul><li>1.The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively; </li></ul><ul><li>2 A refined understanding or appreciation of this; </li></ul><ul><li>3 The customs, institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or group. </li></ul><ul><li>ORIGIN Latin cultura ‘growing, cultivation’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Role of culture in society <ul><li>Binds society together; </li></ul><ul><li>Codifies identities, preserving the collective memory of social groups, defends rights and ways of life; </li></ul><ul><li>Breaks down barriers between social groups; </li></ul><ul><li>Enables individual and collective fulfilment and participation in society. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why does culture matter? <ul><li>Dictates the ideas, norms, and behaviours within a society, far beyond simply creative arts; </li></ul><ul><li>Influences - and is influenced by - many areas of public life, including education, politics, health, gender, economics and the family; </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a blueprint of the history and traditions of different social groups, what they value and how this relates to wider society. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What comes first? <ul><li>Does culture shape society or does society shape culture ? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Analysis <ul><li>Social construction of culture </li></ul><ul><li>Culture is not static </li></ul><ul><li>“ History is a graveyard of aristocracies”, Vilfredo Pareto </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tendency to focus on cultural hegemony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiculturalism is not new </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Culture is defined and restricted by power relations in society </li></ul>
  8. 8. Current Context in Lambeth <ul><li>Financial context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recession </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transforming Lambeth’s Cultural Services: A Vision for Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Community Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2010 Elections </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The role of local government <ul><li>Ensuring and enabling cultural participation; </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrating diversity of social groups in locality; </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling equality of access and opportunity to cultural services; </li></ul><ul><li>Maximising positive impacts on other areas of the public service provision, e.g education, health, employment. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Impact on Developing a Cultural Commissioning Strategy (1) <ul><li>Extensive stakeholder engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vertically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizontally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wide scope of diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive strategy </li></ul>
  11. 11. Impact on Developing a Cultural Commissioning Strategy (2) <ul><li>Correlate with corporate aims </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring equality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognising that everyone is different and treating these differences with equal respect; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuing the diversity of people in Lambeth; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivering services openly and fairly; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investing in a skilled, stable and diverse workforce; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging discrimination in all its forms. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cross-cutting </li></ul>
  12. 12. Contact <ul><li>James Caspell </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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