Creating Economic & Community Prosperity Through Creativity & Culture & Supporting Businesses & Those Who Deliver Arts & Culture
And Create Programmes and Campaigns That Make Sense & Help Grow The Town Centre & Local Economy
Through Business Advice, Event Co-creation, Partnerships, Skills Development, Advice, Mentoring, Workshops & networks
Taunton Arts Business Cultural Alliance
We believe Taunton and its communities are defined by its arts and culture sector: Our cultural organisations, artists, musicians, performers and proud history of creative expression are a crucial part of our identity, vitality, and economic growth. As a membership and service organisation working on behalf of this sector, we believe in supporting the growth of arts organisations and their audiences and bringing back a thriving town centre.
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Services & Campaigns to Make Taunton Great
Taunton Arts Business Cultural Alliance is a group of citizens, community groups, businesses and advocates who have a strong desire to have a say in what they want for Taunton and build a proactive inclusive arts and culture community. Simply scroll down to see our campaigns and join today to make our voice stronger.
To help us bring great acts and entertainment to Taunton we need a bigger venue than what we have now
With a multi-functional space for amazing entertainment, culture, community workshops, activities and support we can bring civic pride back to Taunton
A new venue and town centre development is a great idea and I am happy to support Taunton Arts Business Cultural Alliance
Having spaces for those who create arts and culture and for the young to get involved is essential to Taunton's growth and health
Feasibility & investment into building a new venue for arts, business, culture & community use for Taunton. This is not a new idea, but with such a variety of entertainment that a venue needs to offer, a static theatre is no longer the preferred venue for events that range from DJay Nights, classical orchestras, trade shows, theatre, music, festivals, food & drink events, even fairs, indoor markets and sports events. Taunton Arts Business Cultural Alliance is campaigning and working with many local groups and residents to bring this vision to life for Taunton.
The night time economy supports many jobs and plays a role in all towns and cities throughout the UK. Working with local businesses and commerce groups we hope to bring the High Street alive at night with the smell of food and drink street traders, entertainment and sounds of happy families being able to enjoy a great night out in a safe and clean environment. It’s innovative but can be used for so many activities. This in turn will bring traders to empty shops in the area and breath a new life for local people and help us develop a reputation for being the best place to visit for night time experiences.
We want to deliver free and some paid live music events in all our green spaces especially within Castle Green and Vivary Park. But there are great green spaces in our communities too and many who aren’t mobile who live in them, such as Priorswood, Galmington, Holway can’t always get to town. We want to bring these communities together by using arts and culture and will deliver a mini-festival to each area. We need to raise funds for purchasing equpiment so local arts and culture providers can deliver great events to Taunton communities and the town centre.
Our rural villages in Taunton Deane can at times be starved of arts and culture with not much to do locally, which means people and communities don’t get together. By working with churches, village halls, and providers we aim to provide a programme of events and support great entertainment, theatre, music and more. This needs organising and marketing so we need to find public and private money to support the employment of those who will take on these tasks. Resulting in an all inclusive programme no matter where you live in Taunton Deane.
BID schemes were designed to pay for clean safe streets, bring more people to the town, create events, market Taunton as a great place and manage the needs of shops in the town. Many towns have them and they are funded by means of a levy put on shop owners. But the Taunton BID failed to gain a second term. Five years have passed and we campaign for an alternative independent scheme that sets a minimum contribution from retailers and an increase based on performance. Combined with our other campaigns this is a winner for all.
We know that Taunton needs a place with many rooms so we can accommodate community group activities, deliver workshops, support mums, toddlers, health and well-being activities, vocational and hobby events and create a culture and atmosphere that brings people together. We believe the Mecca Bingo Hall is ideal for this and one way to partner with other groups to bring a collective approach to delivery. Once established these services could travel to other area of the district and make Taunton a place for the people who strive for a happy proactive community focused life.
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
The arts are a critical component of healthcare. Expressive art is a tool to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means to wellness
To become the creative, innovative and imaginative citizens that our companies and governments want us to be, people need to willingly expose themselves to new ideas. A vibrant arts and culture community is the easiest way to make this possible.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world