People can have a say about the art and cultural future of Stroud in a new survey.
Stroud Town Council has received Arts Council funding to research and create a cultural strategy for the town.
The proposed plan, which will be for 10 years when completed, has three aims: to diversify cultural opportunities and engagement; to enhance the town’s environment and its enjoyment and to ensure culture makes a sustainable difference.
The Town Council wants people – especially young people – to have a say on what they would like to see in Stroud.
The feedback will enable the Council to create a framework for investment in cultural actives and establish how to play a supporting and facilitating role to benefit the variety of cultural organisations in Stroud.
People have until the end of September to be involved in the consultation. The Town Council is particularly keen to ensure young people have an input.
“As Stroud is one of only three town councils in England which have commissioned a cultural strategy, we are marking a real mark,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“The Town Council is taking positive action to ensure that the widely appreciated and enjoyed cultural offer is fully valued, supported and developed, so it contributes to social, community and economic – as well as cultural – life in the town for the future.”
The Town Council decided to develop a strategy following concerns about the future of the Subscription Rooms.
Consultants interviewed 120 people working in arts and culture in the town. This highlighted strengths such as the high number of artists and creative people living in Stroud, the town’s growing reputation as a go-to place for markets and festivals and its diverse arts and entertainment scene.
The consultation also highlighted a lack of “joined-up” thinking and clashes between events and groups, the absence of a central co-ordinating person for cultural activity and national issues such as lack of funding for arts and culture despite the growing appreciation that it plays in well-being.
The cultural strategy document can be found here. The feedback form can be completed here. Printed copies of the document and the feedback form are available from the Town Council office at 58 London Road, Stroud.