Coventry City of Culture has revealed the steps it has taken to support the arts during the coronavirus pandemic, including confirming £100,000 of support for cultural organisations across the city to continue to operate and plan for 2021.
The organisation has also produced and distributed more than 400 creative packs containing arts materials so that vulnerable people can continue to take part in creative activities online.
Other actions taken by Coventry City of Culture Trust include:
• Developing new artistic commissioning opportunities with Shoot Festival, the Belgrade Theatre and Sitting Rooms of Culture
• Supporting local organisations including charity Grapevine and youth organisation Positive Youth Foundation to move their activities online
• Supporting City of Culture team members to join the council’s local volunteering programme
• Committing £46,000 to support 92 local residents who applied for the trust’s leadership programme to develop new ideas and projects
Coventry City of Culture has also announced the postponement of the launches of its apprenticeship programme and volunteering programme and the cancellation of a test event this summer. The resources for the summer event have been redistributed to provide additional local artist commissioning opportunities, which will be announced in the coming week.
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Since Coventry City of Culture Trust announced our coronavirus pledges, we have seen rapid change.
“We have continued to refocus our resources and activities to strengthen the local sector, support individuals who have been directly impacted by the pandemic, encourage new relationships to be formed between communities and continue to work with local businesses.”