Cultural Democracy, Community Development and the Old/New Normal
In a world turned upside down, is it time to re-enchant our lives and re-connect with our cultures? What is the function of arts and cultural activities at a time when some clammer for a return to the “old normal”, others call for a “new normal”, and many in power trumpet a “Great Reset”? What about the many people that have been left behind, ignored, marginalised and excluded?
Stephen Pritchard will argue that our creativity is unlimited and liberating, and our cultures are what makes us human. Rather than being exclusive, they are ordinary and an essential part of our everyday lives. He will suggest that, by shifting towards cultural democracies and understanding how art can help support inclusive community development, we can begin to re-enchant our everyday lives.
Stephen Pritchard is currently Business Development Manager at Helix Arts. Stephen cares about our everyday cultures and the role that art and artists can play in changing people’s lives, developing communities, and enacting social change. Stephen has worked as an arts professional since 2007, having spent sixteen years working as a senior manager in the fashion business and as Director at Dot to Dot Active Arts. He has worked with Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, Creative People and Places programmes, and Great Place projects.
He is also a community artist, creative producer, academic, published writer and filmmaker. He has a strong track record of working with people considered to be “difficult to engage” and “hard to reach.” Stephen integrates his strategic and tactical business experience and his academic research to look for ways to do things differently and make things happen by focusing on cultural democracy, cultural development, and community development. He is co-organiser for the Movement for Cultural Democracy.