DORSET’S touring arts charity Artsreach celebrates its 30th birthday this year, but its anniversary programme has not worked out as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rather than doing what it does best – bringing communities, audiences, professional artists and volunteers together – the Artsreach team and board of trustees have had to make some difficult decisions in the current situation, cancelling live performances set to take place in community venues such as village halls.
The team continues to carefully monitor the situation relating to the coronavirus pandemic, listening to government and Public Health advice and planning accordingly.
The impact of this pandemic on our country is still unfolding but in the meantime, the Artsreach team is busy exploring how best to support Dorset’s rural communities and our professional touring artists at this time and in the future.
A spokesperson said: “Artsreach is very grateful for the excellent support being given by our principal funders, Arts Council England and Dorset Council.
“We are working hard to explore what our next programme might look like, and as always, we will do this in communication and partnership with our fantastic team of volunteers right across the county.
“In the meantime, until we can come together to enjoy professional performances once more, we hope that we can brighten your day just a little by keeping you culturally connected – many of our touring friends are working hard to keep in touch with us all by releasing lots of lovely creative content online.
“In response, we have built a Digital Diary on the Artsreach website, which will be regularly updated. The page will be constantly changing so keep checking back and keep sharing it – we’ve seen some wonderful performances so far.”
To view the digital diary or to find out more about Artsreach, visit www.artsreah.co.uk