The ECDP Vision:‘Energising cultural diversity in arts and heritage’

ECDP Mission :‘Creating opportunities, stimulating participation and providing a focal point for the development, celebration and co-ordination of cultural diversity through arts and heritage activity’

Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) was established in 2007 following a feasibility study commissioned by the Arts Council England and Essex CC to investigate the need for an arts programme focused on cultural diversity in Essex. The study found that work was urgently needed to support BAME artists and arts organisations as well as strategic organisations to address cultural diversity in the arts and heritage sectors. ECDP is now a registered charity working across cultural sectors, building partnerships with artists, arts organisations museums and libraries to promote culturally diverse work. Our scope is broad, commissioning and showcasing work from visual and performing arts as well as literature and heritage.

Our work has ranged from outdoor theatre and festivals to world music and artist development opportunities, nurturing and supporting diverse talent and encouraging work from BAME artists. We are also working more closely with LGBT and disabled artists and arts organisations, extending our role as leading on artistic diversity.

ECDP plays a key role in developing a more diverse audience for the arts and cultural sectors, working in partnership with communities, local authorities and other partners including health organisations, charities and schools. Between 2013 and 2015 ECDP delivered the successful Creative Diversity Hubs programme, promoting and supporting creative diversity in areas of limited engagement with the arts in Essex. The project supported partnerships between artists, museums, libraries, galleries and utilised many non-traditional spaces for activities, exhibitions and performances, working within community settings to explore challenging subjects.

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