Open City – Project Assistant

Open City is looking for a part-time Project Assistant based in Liverpool to support the administration and development of the Open City project in Merseyside. The project is managed by All About Audiences for the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium. You’ll be highly organised, with past administrative experience and an approachable and friendly attitude. You’ll have a strong belief in the social benefits of the arts and be interested in putting this into practice. Deadline: 10th May 2010 DOCUMENTS OpenCityMerseysideProjectAssistant-ApplicationPack.doc...

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Open City

This is a new audiences project which supports groups who do not normally attend the arts to become confident in accessing and engaging with the arts. It is led by Gin Jacobucci a co-ordinator who is based at FACT in Liverpool for part of the week.   The co-ordinator recruits and trains volunteers, then pairs them with community groups. The volunteers then guide their group on a journey of the local cultural scene over a six month period. The emphasis is on developing the programme of arts experiences in response to the group’s needs and interests, challenging perceived barriers, and growing a relationship between the groups and the arts organisations. The long-term aspiration is to build a larger pool of culturally aware and engaged residents in Merseyside.   During the first year of the project, it has worked with a range of community groups, with a number of mental health and Dads’ groups joining the scheme. The project is embarking upon its 2nd year currently. open.city@factcentre.co.uk or gin.jacobucci@factcentre.co.uk or on 0151 707...

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Search for Culture Volunteers

A pioneering partnership of Liverpool’s eight leading arts organisations is recruiting volunteer culture ambassadors. The volunteers will work with specific community groups across Merseyside to encourage them to make the most of the city’s unparalleled range of cultural opportunities. The Open City project is the brainchild of the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (LARC), a partnership of the Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool Biennial,Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, National Museums Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tate Liverpool and the Unity Theatre. Gin Jacobucci, who runs Open City, said: “Arts and culture have a vital role to play in all our lives but there’s still massive sections of the community which, often for very good reasons, don’t feel comfortable getting involved with what Liverpool has to offer. “The idea of Open City is to help break those barriers down. Each volunteer works with a specific community group to create a programme of activity which will appeal to members’ tastes and comfort zones.” Previous volunteers have worked with single dads, groups of visually impaired people, pensioners and people with mental health issues and, in doing so, played a key role in inspiring individuals and building their confidence to try new things. Volunteers are asked to commit to around eight hours a week over a period of six months or more. They will liaise with LARC partners to arrange special visits, feedback sessions and workshops. Applicants should have a strong belief in the social benefits of the arts. Anyone interested in becoming an Open City volunteer, or simply wanting more information, should contact Gin Jacobucci at gin.jacobucci@factcentre.co.uk or on 0151 707...

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