Jo Hunter – Everyday Creativity:
Creating cultures of creativity across communities.
In this talk, Jo Hunter, Co-Founder and CEO of 64 Million Artists will introduce some of the key case studies of work they’ve done in communities, with individuals, with organisations and across the public sector, to encourage creativity and social change. It will also include a little creative challenge, and plenty of time for questions at the end.
64 Million Artists believe that everyone is creative, and that when we are creative we can make change in our lives and in the world around us. They have been a core part of the movement influencing policy change across Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, supporting a shift in understanding that has better allowed culture and creativity to be supported and developed from the ground up.
64 Million Artists run The January Challenge, an annual month long celebration of creativity in which 30,000 people take part and also work across the public sector delivering co-created projects, training and resources to support cultures of everyday creativity. They have worked in Hull for their City of Culture year and are now working in Coventry for 2021; they work with Kings College London and Edinburgh University to deliver innovative leadership training; the run facilitation workshops and large scale online programmes; and work with local authorities and independent organisations country-wide. They have also done pioneering research into everyday creativity and mental health with UCL and have recently begun a project to support those with Long Covid.
About the speaker:
Jo Hunter is the Co-Founder and CEO of 64 Million Artists. 64 Million Artists believe that everyone is creative, and when we are creative we can make positive change in our lives and in the world around us. They aim to work collectively to catalyse the creativity of everyone in the UK. They have worked with partners such as ACE, Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts, King’s College London, Hull 2017 and Coventry 2021. Jo was formally Head of Strategic Development at BAC and has worked in senior leadership positions at Sing Up and Harbourfront Centre Toronto. She is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.