The Glasgow City Council is the first local authority in the UK to become a signatory to a campaign aiming to make access to art and visual culture a right of all UK citizens.
Here’s a fascinating article from the Arts Hub (http://www.artshub.com/ahgl/news/news.asp?Id=105467), an online journal for arts administrators. To quote the article (which employs our beloved British phraseology):
The campaign aims to put art at the heart of society and to build a new cultural social landscape in which everyone would have the opportunity to make art and enjoy the very best in art, visual and design literacy would be recognised as an essential component of personal development, and high quality design would be a feature of all new communities and regeneration schemes.
Doesn’t that sound great?!
Mark O’Neill, the director of Museums and Galleries for Glasgow, goes on to say something that is out of RISCA’s current mantra: “It sees art, like other aspects of culture, as integral to the development of a vibrant communal life, a high-performing economy and a more socially just society.”
Gotta love that, too.