Live Well Make Art (April 2018 – present)
Live Well Make Art (LWMA) is an informal network of arts professionals and activists, health professionals and activists, academics and people who care passionately about the health of Greater Manchester. We have been working together for two years as a social movement. We want a healthier Greater Manchester, where all its people can share the benefits of engaging in and enjoying the arts and creative activities with each other and we want to make our streets, neighbourhoods and communities better places to live. LWMA has received funding from GMCA, through its Great Places initiative, for a programme of work over the next 18 months.
Greater Manchester has been selected as a national pilot area for Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England’s innovative Great Places scheme. Stronger Together will see ‘all ten Greater Manchester districts work together to create a genuine shift in the way Greater Manchester approaches culture, ensuring greater parity of provision throughout the ten boroughs, improving engagement and access, developing and diversifying our cultural workforce, encouraging greater movement between the ten boroughs and improving health outcomes for our residents’
As part of the LWMA programme, we are delivering a series of four structured workshop events over a 12-month period, exploring the theme of arts, health and social movements. I am Event Manager for these events, working with the LWMA team to organise and deliver the activity across the Greater Manchester boroughs.