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Supporting Creativity, the Five Year Arts Development Strategy of The Arts Council of Wales is to be launched this week at two separate venues, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff on Tuesday 11th March and Ruthin Craft Centre on Friday 14th March.

Jenny Randerson AM, Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language will be opening the Cardiff event, and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Chair of the Assembly's Culture Committee will be opening at Ruthin.

Supporting Creativity has at its core “the vision of a dynamic and creative arts sector for Wales: the preferred place to practise and experience the arts”. The document outlines eight strategic priorities for the period 2002 – 2007, namely the strengthening of the arts infrastructure, creating opportunities for individual artists, improving equal opportunities, supporting participation in and access to the arts, developing artistic work in and through the Welsh language and encouraging greater education and training.

In addition, the strategy places emphasis on the importance of partnership in achieving its aims and objectives. ACW’s partnerships with the Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities, individual artists, arts organisations and the voluntary cultural sector in Wales along with UK and international partnerships are seen as integral to the way forward for the arts in Wales.

Jenny Randerson AM, Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language said, “Supporting Creativity is a key document in terms of taking forward the Welsh Assembly Government’s Culture Strategy, Creative Future: Cymru Greadigol. Both documents recognise the contribution of the arts to the communities across Wales and in raising the profile of Wales on the European and World stage. I would like to congratulate The Arts Council of Wales for having made what is a significant achievement and a major milestone in the road towards strengthening the arts infrastructure in Wales”.

ACW’s Chairman, Sybil Crouch said, “This strategy has come about through an open and transparent consultation exercise that has been conducted over the last eighteen months with individuals and organisations from both the arts sector and related areas. This exercise is by no means over as ACW is committed to holding an annual arts conference each year at which the progress of achieving the aims and objectives outlined in Supporting Creativity will be under constant review”.

Copies of Supporting Creativity and a summary of the Action Plans developed for 2002 – 03 can be requested from each ACW regional office or downloaded from ACW’s website
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Aloma Davies
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