EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELANDPublic Authority 2013 -2014 Annual Progress Report on: Section 75 of the NI Act 1998 and Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Order (DDO)2006This report template includes a number of self-assessment questionsregarding implementation of the Section 75 statutory duties from1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 (Part A).This template also includes a number of questions regardingimplementation of Section 49A of the DDO from the 1 April 2013 to 31March 2014 (Part B).Please enter information at the relevant part of each section and ensurethat it is submitted electronically (by completing this template) and inhardcopy, with a signed cover letter from the Chief Executive or, in his / herabsence, the Deputy Chief Executive to the Commission by 31 August2014.In completing this template it is essential to focus on the application ofSection 75 and Section 49. This involves progressing the commitments inyour equality scheme or disability action plan which should lead tooutcomes and impacts in terms of measurable improvement for individualsfrom the equality categories. Such outcomes and impacts may includechanges in public policy, in service provision and/or in any of the areaswithin your functional remit.Name of public authority (Enter details below)Arts Council of Northern IrelandEquality Officer (Enter name and contact details below)S75: Rebecca DavisPolicy Development Officerrdavis@artscouncil-ni.org02890 385232DDO (if different from above):1
Part A: Section 75 Annual Progress Report 2013 –2014Executive SummaryWhat were the key policy / service developments made by theauthority during this reporting period to better promote equality ofopportunity and good relations and what outcomes were achieved?The Arts Council is the lead development agency for the arts in NorthernIreland. We are the main support for artists and arts organisations, offeringa broad range of funding opportunities through our Exchequer and NationalLottery funds. The overall aim of the Arts Council is to place the arts at theheart of social, economic and creative life in Northern Ireland. Thisprovides a significant challenge for the Arts Council in terms of servicedelivery and this is reflected in the equality outcomes of this report.Ambitions for the Arts: a Five Year Strategic Plan for the Arts inNorthern Ireland 2013-2018The successor plan was developed over a period of time and wasconstructed with on-going discussion with strategic stakeholders. Forexample, through the cycle of sector meetings and platform events,drawing evidence from a number of key data sources and through theprogramme of consultation linked to discrete artform strategies/policiesover the last number of years, e.g. Arts and Older People Strategy and theIntercultural Arts Strategy. In addition, the Arts Council Board establisheda Strategic Working Group to oversee this piece of work. The group wasestablished in June 2011 following a special two day residential meeting. Arange of qualitative and quantitative evidence was analysed in order toassess the context for the successor five year strategy and to form apicture of current priorities and challenges. Other evidence examinedincluded the changed economic context, the current partnerships that exist,future priorities.The Arts Council ‘screened in’ the Five Year Strategic Plan for equalityimpact assessment. Letters were sent out to a designated Section 75database and information was posted under the news section of ACNI’swebsite to notify the general public of this screening process. At this stage2
the Arts Council invited comment from the public on its decision detailedwithin the screening document to submit the strategy to a full EQIA. Thescreening consultation period ran from the 14th January 2013 and closedon the 28th January 2013.The Arts Council carried out an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of theFive Year Strategic Plan. The thirteen-week consultation (statutoryrequirement is twelve-weeks) of the Five Year Strategic Plan began on the28th January 2013 and closed on the 29th April 2013.To complement the EQIA process, the Arts Council developed aprogramme of public engagement events. These took the form of publicmeetings, workshops, dedicated artform sector platforms, stakeholderengagements (for example a facilitated discussion hosted by BT with theprivate sector) and various social media channels, e.g. webinar, Facebookand Twitter. The purpose of this wider engagement was twofold: so that theArts Council could get a measure of views on the plan, to listen to and findwhat refinements or changes were necessary but also to gauge how itaddresses the needs and challenges faced, in the hope that it will becomea shared vision for the development of the arts for the next five years.A new five year strategic plan for the arts in Northern Ireland 2013‐2018, entitled “Ambitions for the Arts”, has been developed by theBoard with the aim of driving real change. With a focus on priority areassuch as: increasing access to the arts for all; tackling barriers such aspoverty and social exclusion and gaining international recognition for ourartists and art organisations. It elaborates three key themes over itslifetime, enshrined in its ambition to: Champion the Arts; Promote Access; and Create a more Resilient SectorIt is hoped that ‘Ambitions for the Arts 2013 - 2018’ will be launched inSeptember 2014. Plans for the launch of the Strategy include performancesand involvement from artists and arts organizations reflecting section 75groups.Arts and Older People ProgrammeThe Arts and Older People Programme, launched in October 2013 andrunning until 2016, was set up in partnership with the Public Health Agency,3
the Baring Foundation and DCAL, to increase opportunities for older peopleto actively engage in the arts. The findings from the Evaluation Report ofphase I inform phase II of the Programme.During October and November 2013, five roadshows were held to promotethe programme. 55 eligible applications were received, includingsubmissions from Community and Voluntary Groups, Arts Organisationsand Local Authorities. In 2013-14, ACNI awarded grants worth 283,516 to20 organisations to support community-based arts projects for olderpeople. These were as follows: 4 local authorities, 7 arts organisations, 8community/ voluntary/ third sector organisations and the grant to DementiaServices Development Centre to cover costs of the residential weekend.Successful organisations are noted below:Local Authorities (4): Lisburn City Council (in conjunction with Castlereagh);Strabane District Council; Fermanagh District Council (in conjunction withOmagh) and, Newtownards Borough Council (as Ards Arts).Arts Organisations (7): Bardic Educational Arts and Media, Big TellyTheatre Company; Waterside Theatre Company; The Crescent ArtsCentre; Down Community Arts; Play Resource Warehouse; and, NorthWest Play Resource Centre.Community/ Voluntary/ Third Sector (8): Mind Wise New Vision; AgeConcern; Spectrum Centre; Age NI; Mid and East Antrim AgewellPartnership; NI Association for Mental Health; ALLY Foyle (Active Living inLater Years) and, Andersonstown Community Theatre.AOPP Training Programme - One of the stated objectives of the AOPProgramme is to deliver arts-based training and development opportunitiesfor those working with older people in primary, healthcare, voluntary andcommunity settings. In March 2014, the Training and Developmentprogramme, delivered by ArtsCare, took place across the five health caretrust areas, covering a full range of techniques and art forms.AOPP Artists’ Networking and Development Programme - One of thestrategic themes is Health and Wellbeing with particular emphasis placedon dementia. In order to deliver appropriate training, we partnered withDementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), a leading internationalcentre of knowledge and expertise dedicated about dementia. In March2014, a training weekend facilitated by DSDC, brought together artists,4
commissioners and international dementia experts to explore theopportunities and challenges faced where arts engage with dementia.An Arts and Age Conference, held in March 2014, brought togetherspecialists in health, culture and the arts as well as policy and decisionmakers. It considered the benefits to older people and wider society ofengaging in creative activities. The main aims were to: Explore the benefitsfor older people engaging in creative activity; Consider the benefits to widersociety of supporting older people to engage in creative activity; Look athow to support older people to become engaged in creative activity; Informpolicy makers, health agencies, arts organisations and wider society aboutthe benefits of a creative older population; and, Highlight and raiseawareness of need to support older people to engage in creative activity.STartUPThe STartUP programme provides seed funding to areas where there isweak cultural infrastructure. The aim of the programme is to providesupport (including 100 per cent grant aid) to organisations that have notpreviously availed of Arts Council funding, with the intention of making areal difference to smaller groups, particularly those who have not previouslyengaged in arts activity, those who struggle to find sources of funding andthose located outside of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. The Start-UPprogramme also promotes engagement with Section 75 groups.During the 2013/14 period, the Arts Council committed 40,000 to theprogramme and supported 9 organisations. The organisations receivedhands-on support and financial support to start new artistic programmesthat will benefit their communities. Organisations that received funding inthe 2013/14 financial period include: Roger Casement GAC, Portglenone;The Active Group, Newry; Hostelling International NI; Cuan Mhuirerehabilitation centre, Newry; North West Women’s Collective;Knocknagoney Area Forum; Council for the Homeless; Drumbo Arts andCrafts.Small Grants ProgrammeThe Small Grants Programme is open to constituted groups providinggrants of between 500 and 10,000 to help run an arts activity in NorthernIreland. Through this programme the Arts Council encouragesorganisations (professional arts/community based) to develop and deliver5
arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community fornew and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of NorthernIreland’s society and culture. This funding programme supports activitieswhich benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisationsin Northern Ireland carry out their work. 500,000 was given to 104 Small Grants Programme awards within the2013/14 period. Examples of recipient organisations include EtceteraTheatre Company, Lagan Village Drum and Fife School; Dylan QuinnDance Theatre; Forum for Action on Substance Abuse (FASA); MidwiseNew Vision; Theatreofpluck; Markethill Art Club; Dunnaman Children’sCentre; Glór Uachtar Tíre; Antrim Community Choir.Building In February 2013, the Arts Council launched the Building Peace throughthe Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme. This programme isfunded by the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation(PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body; the ArtsCouncil of Northern Ireland; and the International Fund for Ireland. Itsupports community groups and local authorities across Northern Irelandand the Border Areas of the Republic in tackling the manifestations ofsectarianism and racism. The purpose of this next phase of funding is tobuild peace and improve community relations through consultation, creativeengagement and the development of public artworks.Projects must address 1 or more of the programme’s strategic themes:A.B.C.D.Community Cohesion - to provide opportunities for more stable,safer neighbourhoods and develop strong, positive relations betweenpeople from different backgrounds.Regeneration through the Arts - to develop more inclusive civic andcultural identities through the production of high quality artwork for thepublic realm.Positive Relations at the Local Level - utilise the arts and artsprocesses as a means with which to challenge sectarian and racistattitudes and build positive community relations at a local level.Build Peace and Reconciliation - support progress towards apeaceful, shared and stable society and promote reconciliationthrough community led programmes of arts activities.6
E.Connecting Communities - utilise the arts and arts processes as ameans in which to connect communities throughout Northern Irelandand the Border Areas.The programme prioritises projects that: are cross-community, inter-community, cross-border or inter-cultural target the participation of young people target the participation of minority ethnic communities are located in areas which had little or no participation in theprevious Re-Imaging Communities Programme involve the removal of signs of sectarianism / racism along mainarterial routesThis programme aims to deliver long-term, cross-community and crossborder projects, which will in turn complement current work by addressingissues of sectarianism, racism and prejudice between communities.Analysis of the previous Re-imaging funding programme indicates a linkbetween projects and disadvantaged communities, particularly thoseexperiencing poverty and social exclusion.A Programme Consortium has been established – membership includesthe Special EU Programmes Body, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, theInternational Fund for Ireland (IFI), the Office of the First Minister anddeputy First Minister (OFMdFM), the Northern Ireland Housing Executive,the Community Relations Council (CRC), POBAL, the Department ofCulture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), the Association of Local Authority ArtsOfficers, the Rural Community Network and the Department of SocialDevelopment (DSD).Between April 2013 – March 2014, 29 Stage 1 applications and 1 Stage 2application were approved, 1 Stage 1 application was declined. TheConsortium considered applications on 7 occasions (May, June, July, Sept,Oct, Dec & Feb) and awarded a total of 204,267. 19 InformationRoadshows were held in Omagh, Dundalk, Belfast,Ballymena,Newtownards, Lisburn, Castlereagh, Ballyshannon, Carrick-on-Shannon,Manorhamilton, Sligo, Portadown, Cavan, Letterkenny, Monaghan &Carrickmacross (more than 1 Roadshow was held in some of thelocations), 245 people attended these events.7
Intercultural Arts Strategy and Intercultural Arts ProgrammeLaunched in May 2012, the Intercultural Arts Programme aims to provideopportunities for minority ethnic communities across Northern Ireland toaccess the arts; and use artistic activities as a creative vehicle in which toexplore and highlight social issues that impede access and participation inthe arts.The programme has a number of elements: Intercultural Arts Grants; Artistin the Community Awards; Minority Ethnic Individual Artists Awards;Intercultural Arts Support Programme.In 2013-2014, 8 awards were made to individuals and 15 awards made toorganisations totaling 106,748.The Intercultural Arts Steering Group provides support and advice to theArts Council and is comprised of individuals and representatives fromrelevant sector organisations including the Community Relations Council,Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), Community ArtsPartnership, ArtsEkta, South Tyrone Empowerment Programme andOFMdFM Racial Equality Unit.The Intercultural Arts Programme has a dedicated Communications andAdvocacy Plan, promoting the key messages of the programme to thepublic and relevant stakeholders. The Arts Council Communications Teamhas profiled a number of projects and minority ethnic artists, linking wherepossible with wider initiatives, such as Community Relations Week. TheCommunity Arts Officers have presented to the Consular Association ofNorthern Ireland, NI Assembly All Party Group on Ethnic MinorityCommunities and Local Authority Arts Managers.Community Arts Partnership has been contracted to take forward a supportstructure for the Intercultural Arts Programme, including networking events,seminars, information programme and artists support, training anddevelopment. Programme for Intercultural Support (PICAS): Led by CharoLanao, PICAS has provided a range of opportunities to support the deliveryof key areas of the Arts Council Intercultural Arts Strategy. In November2013, the PICAS Programme established ‘Drawing Together’, a ‘first’ in aseries of conversations, events and processes designed to developcreative intercultural relationships. ‘Drawing Together’ was directed atindigenous community artists and cultural facilitators, community artists and8
cultural facilitators from an ethnic minority background and communitygroups and arts organisations working with an Intercultural approach.Additional PICAS elements have included advice and information clinicsacross Northern Ireland and networking and support events for artists andcommunity groups.An example of an organisation which received funding from the InterculturalArts programme in 2013-14 is the NI Sikh Association based in Derry/Londonderry, which used the funding to encourage interculturalengagement and develop awareness of the Sikh culture through twocommunity youth arts projects and the forthcoming staging of a 3-dayfestival in of May 2014.Youth Arts StrategyIn September 2013, the Youth Arts Strategy was launched to providestrategic direction and vision for the youth arts sector for the period 2013 –2017. The strategy promotes access to high quality and affordable artsactivities for all under 24s regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability.It will develop the practice of all artforms in order to increase opportunitiesfor young people to engage in arts-led activity as active participants, asconsumers and as audience members. It also includes a suite ofapprenticeships, internships and mentoring opportunities.The Creative Apprenticeships and Internships Programme will support 100new apprenticeships and paid internships over a 3-year period across thearts and cultural sector, with a primary focus on ACNI’s remit: music,dance, drama, literature, visual arts, craft, festivals, arts venues, communityarts, galleries, circus and carnival arts. The grant for the provision of theCreative Apprenticeship Programme will run from September 2014 toMarch 2017. ACNI has allocated up to 450k to the programme, of which atleast 300k will be allocated to subsidise the wages of up to 100apprenticeships or paid internships.The Arts Council is currently progressing the Proposed Young People &Wellbeing Arts Programme (2014- 2017). The Youth Arts Strategy aims toopen up horizons through new partnerships, in key areas including healthand wellbeing and commits to developing ‘ a pilot initiative, using artsbased approaches, to promote mental health and well-being amongst thosewho are most in need; evaluate its success and implement a fullprogramme’.9
The Strategic Themes for the programme will include: Improving andmaintaining health and wellbeing for young people; Raising awareness ofmental and emotional wellbeing issues facing young people; Providing avoice for young people; and, Address stigma and challenge prejudice anddiscrimination associated with mental health and health seeking behaviour.An example of funding which benefited children and young people(February 2014) is ACNI’s contribution of National Lottery project funding of 122,250 to the Small Size, Big Festival event for schools and families withyoung children – a festival of performing arts for early years which offereddiverse international performances from leading artists and children’s artsorganisations. A series of installations and public art offerings weredisplayed across Newry and the Story Trail, a guide to Newry through theeyes of a child, was developed by local children, a writ
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