The Public Campaign for the Arts have launched The Arts Map, available now at CampaignForTheArts.org/Map, which enables anyone to find and support arts companies near them.
ERT invites UK arts organisations big or small in the Yorkshire and Humberside area to add themselves to the Map, and to share updates as they try to recover from the impacts of Covid-19.
Funded entirely by donations, the Map offers a real-time, national and local picture of arts organisations’ recovery status. Users can search the Map by entering their postcode; checking the status of local companies; sending messages of support by video, audio or written text; and offering financial support by making a donation. Over time, as stories and messages are added, it will prove the value of the arts to people and places across the UK.
Ongoing impacts of Covid-19 mean that the survival of the UK’s globally-renowned arts industry is still not secure, despite the Government’s unprecedented investment of £1.57bn in the cultural and heritage sectors. The theatre industry alone has lost as much as £600m of box office revenue since venues were ordered to close on 20th March.
This is why, alongside the Arts Map, the Public Campaign for the Arts have launched a petition calling on the Government to support the arts in every community during the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.
ERT invites you to join us in urging the public to sign this petition in hope of creating positive change. Sign at: www.campaignforthearts.org/petitions/support-the-arts-in-every-community/
About the Public Campaign for the Arts:
ERT has played an instrumental role as active members of The Public Campaign for the Arts, a nationwide campaign to protect and advance arts and culture in the UK. Since launching in June 2020, over 150,000 people have signed in support of the Campaign, including East Riding Theatre. Funded entirely by donations from members of the public, the PCFTA are building a network and Arts Map to support cultural organisations, and collecting testimonials which show the local support of communities across the country. Find out more at: www.campaignforthearts.org