Up for Arts: Evaluating Impact

In 2016 NEA carried out an evaluation of the Up For Arts programme run by Voluntary Arts and BBC Get Creative. Assessing the impact of arts projects rooted in BBC local radio stations in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria, NEA was able to document the contribution that taking part in taster experiences and follow-up sessions in local arts and crafts projects, mediated by the radio stations, made to the lives of isolated and vulnerable people and their communities. ┬áNEA has now been commissioned to work with Voluntary Arts and BBC Get Creative on an ambitious project to roll out the Up For Arts approach across the whole of the UK with the twin goals of strengthening the UK’s network of local arts and health partnerships and encouraging more people to get involved in social creative activities as a way to sustain and promote good mental and physical health.

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