Up For Arts

Up For Arts is a partnership between Voluntary Arts and BBC Local Radio. It uses the power of radio to raise the profile of cultural participation and inspire more people to get involved.

Through Up For Arts, we have broadcast lapsed musicians rediscovering their instruments, crafters filling woodlands with felted funghi and crocheted caterpillars, choir masters delivering therapy with song, and people keeping the lights on at local theatres.

We celebrate local activity and encourage participation by letting our listeners know what's on offer and where.

Linked to each broadcast is a wide range of events and outside interviews designed to ignite a creative spark, helping people see the health, social and community benefits of cultural engagement.

Currently there are Up For Arts partnerships in place in Cumbria, HumbersideLancashire, London, Merseyside and Stoke-on-Trent. Through further partnerships and local funding, we aim to extend this project to other local radio stations.