Arts and Culture for Social Cohesion
- November 2023
Creating Spaces for Art and Culture in Stevenage focusses on the provision of community spaces through events such as Stevenage day and International Day as well as the accessibility of facilities such as our museum. We also look at the development of creative spaces like Junction 7 Creatives, an organisation based in the heart of our town helping local people to access and explore creativity and culture. Our focus on the development of our creative spaces, access opportunities and community led events, showcases a small sample of the myriad of art and cultural activities in the town. These bring together communities and ensure that everyone has space for expression.
Stevenage Day is a vibrant and historical town wide event with representation from community groups, charities, volunteers, faith groups and local businesses spanning all cultures within Stevenage. Celebrating through music, dance, storytelling and art, the event is co-ordinated and supported by SBC and charitable partners and brings the town together in celebration. It provides a snapshot of cultures and communities in Stevenage as well as the opportunity for community groups to share their culture and stories with everyone.
Stevenage Museum tells the story of Stevenage from pre-history to its development as the first New Town and on to the present day, using objects (both in cases and on open display to touch and explore), text panels, with (hearing loop) sound summaries of key panels, films, and a variety of hands-on activities and computer interactives.
Junction 7 Creatives is a friendly and passionate community of all ages and experience – working with paint, words, photography, sculpture, music, dance and more! We love making all kinds of creative things happen. It is the place to be for artists and anyone who wants to get creative in Stevenage. They create a space to enjoy art and find community, displaying the artworks of people living in and around Stevenage as well as running various events & activities that invite everyone to express themselves creatively.
Neighbourhood Warden Manager
Communities and Neighbourhood
Stevenage Borough Council