In 2019, in response to a Discussion Paper prepared by Milton Keynes Culture Team, AHA-MK proposed a programme of research to take a hard look at how well our arts and heritage sector engages with our diverse communities, with particular reference to gender, disability, race, religion or belief, class, sexual orientation and social mobility. Milton Keynes Council commissioned and funded AHA-MK to undertake this work and deliver an Inclusion Action Plan for Culture. Inclusion and diversity are central to the Milton Keynes Creative and Cultural Strategy, the Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
AHA-MK conducted 12 focus groups with diverse communities and ran a survey with the cultural sector. Our arts and heritage sector is one of the key pillars of future growth and is fundamental to placemaking, with its aim to inspire, and to create a sense of belonging, wellbeing and civic pride. However, there is much work to do to engage our diverse communities to make the sector truly diverse and inclusive. The report we created presents recommendations resulting from our research, and has resulted in a dynamic action plan to take the sector forward to the next stage of this journey of inclusion and diversity.
Read the summary report that outlines our findings and includes our recommendations here: http://aha-mk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AHA_INCLUSION_AND_DIVERSITY_REPORT_SUMMARY_ATTACHED.pdf
Read the supporting documents that detail the focus group findings and sector survey here: http://aha-mk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AHA_INCLUSION_AND_DIVERSITY_REPORT_SUPPORTING_DOC1-1.pdf