• Lead Member Stevenage Borough Council
  • Categories Community

Principles met

  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
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Arts and Culture for Social Cohesion - Stevenage Borough Council

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.

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