Engagement Statement

Bounce Back Arts CIC’s mission is to enable everyone to experience arts that enrich their lives. We believe that great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us the world around us, and about ourselves. In short, it makes life better. We want to enable as many people as possible to engage with the arts. Engaging with the arts covers a wide spectrum of activity. It could include all or any of the following:

  • attending an arts event
  • taking part in an arts activity
  • volunteering to work at or with an arts organisation
  • working with an artist or group of artists to design or create an artwork
  • helping to make decisions about arts activity in a local community or helping an arts organisation to make decisions about its work.

It is estimated that around two-thirds of people in England currently attend or participate in the arts. However most people do so infrequently, and for a variety of reasons such as lack of time, poor health, cost, or lack of interest. Some groups are less likely to engage than others, particularly:

  • people with little or no formal education
  • people in a lower socio-economic position (for example people in routine or manual occupations)
  • people from ethnic minority groups
  • people in poor health and/or with a limiting long term illness or disability
  • people on low income
  • people who live in social housing

Through its projects, Bounce Back aims to actively engage with people to promote confidence, well-being and highlight the value of becoming involved in arts-related projects and activities. How a project will engage people will vary enormously depending on the nature of the work. Bounce Back will endeavour to engage with the community by:

  • understanding who the audience for the work is likely to be
  • explaining why the work will be interesting, challenging or inspiring for that audience
  • offering something new for audiences that are likely to have some experience of the arts already
  • actively seeking to reach groups who are less likely to engage with the arts
  • thinking about taking work to places that people already go
  • running projects in a non-traditional venue or very accessible place
  • having strong audience development, marketing and communication plans
  • involving members of the public in the design, creation or delivery of the work or project
  • showing how work will engage audiences in the future
  • researching and developing projects that may not demonstrate immediate opportunities
  • directly engaging with the public
  • seeking to provide positive benefits for communities such as bringing different groups of people together, reaching people who experience particular disadvantages or deprivation, helping people to develop new skills or improving the appearance or atmosphere of an area