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What Next? describes itself as a movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in our society. It is not just another campaign for more funding, but sees itself as a catalyst for fresh thinking and new ideas about the value of the arts in times of austerity.
An example of one of its real worries is that the current changes in education could affect the way the next generation values the arts in an even more severe way. It is this, as much as the economic affects, that What Next? feels an urgency to challenge.
There will be a national What Next meeting taking place on January 14th 2015, which is aiming to have all chapters participating in events on the same day across the country – i’ve been in discussions with the Northwest group and we’ve decided to jointly develop an event for that for everyone across the Northwest, so please save the date and i’ll be back in touch with details of what, where, when and how to get involved.