Essex arts scene set to receive ‘significant’ funding

Maldon’s ARTS organizations could benefit from a ‘big’ financial boost from Essex County Council … with a popular museum in the district recognized for its contribution to Essex’s diverse arts scene.

The authority said the Arts and Culture Revival Fund, which is expected to launch this month, will support and enable Essex’s diverse and vibrant cultural sector to recover and thrive out of the pandemic of Covid.

The fund will provide financial support in the form of a grant to be awarded to arts organizations “to support artistic and cultural work programs”.

Councilor Graham Butland, cabinet member for Devolution, Arts, Heritage and Culture, a new post created in May this year, said he could not reveal the exact amount proposed by the council but said “it is a significant amount”.

He said: “It’s not just about handing out money. The point we recognize in the County Council is the enormous contribution that the arts can make to the well-being of communities in general. ”

Mr Butland said the diverse nature of the arts scene in Essex can be seen with larger organizations such as Firstsite – a Colchester-based contemporary art organization named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021, The Mercury Theater , also in Colchester.

He also recognized smaller organizations such as the New Harwich Museum and the Museum of Power in Maldon.

He stressed that the money should provide more than support to those hard hit.

He added, “I recognize the huge contribution that arts and culture can make and when we do allocate funds, what I’m going to be interested in is what it’s going to do for your local community.

“To be honest, a lot of them are already on the right track to develop this.

“We are there to support and we can be a very powerful connection with the Arts Council. ”

He said: “The arts are something that the county council left the scene a few years ago and we want to come back to it.”

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