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Culture and Poverty: Harnessing the power of the arts, culture and heritage to promote social justice in Wales

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Our response to the independent report by Professor Dai Smith.
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We commissioned this report to build on the 'Arts in Education' report.

In 2013 we commissioned Baroness Kay Andrews OBE to recommend ways in which cultural and heritage bodies can work more closely together to broaden access to, appreciation of and participation in, culture in ways that contribute to reducing poverty.

Her report, Culture and Poverty: Harnessing the power of the arts, culture and heritage to promote social justice in Wales, complemented and built on Professor Dai Smith’s report on the 'Arts in Education' and was launched in Swansea on 13 March 2014.

It shows how museums, libraries, archives, historic monuments and arts organisations are key resources to inspire people to learn and gain skills. They can help individuals and communities develop confidence and a sense of identity. The report made a compelling case for all involved to make a concerted effort to work together more effectively to maximise the benefits cultural participation can have for those living in our most deprived communities.

We are using the framework provided by Baroness Andrews’ recommendations to mainstream access to arts, culture and heritage for the most disadvantaged communities in Wales.

We published a response to the report in November 2014, setting out in detail progress made to date on some of the recommendations and how we will take forward others.

The response also set out our intention to establish Pioneer Areas across Wales where cultural organisations will link with Communities First clusters and local community groups to ensure that everyone benefits from access to cultural services.