Valley and Vale Community Arts Director Alex Bowen, and Helen Jenkins, project facilitator, receive their Certificate of Excellence for their Culture Step Award from Arts and Business Cymru, at The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
Business and Arts partners across South Wales were recognised for their achievements at the CultureStep Reception sponsored by Legal & General at the National Museum Cardiff, on 9th March 2011.
Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones, AM, hosted the evening and presented certificates of excellence to recipients of A&B’s cash investment programme, CultureStep.
Valley and Vale were presented with a certificate for their partnership with RWE npower in The Vale of Glamorgan.
This innovative scheme encourages business to work with the arts in imaginative and far reaching ways, deepening the relationship between the two sectors. Businesses present ranged from small family run firms to national and multi-national corporations. Arts partners ranged from individual practitioners through to national Welsh flagship organizations. This programme is key to fostering and developing relationships between the two sectors, especially at a time of economic gloom. Since its inception in May 2008, CultureStep has levered over £2 million into the arts from business against over £272,000 of public money spent:
“While just part of a wide range of work delivered, CultureStep encapsulates all that Arts & Business Cymru strives to do. We firmly believe that the arts have the power to transform and change lives on both an individual and corporate level and that when the two sectors come together, both become stronger with the benefit being felt at all levels of society. That’s why it is so important to us that the Government of Wales not only provides the valuable investment that makes so many exciting and far reaching projects possible but that it sees the importance of our work to the economy and the people living and working in Wales.” (A&B Cymru’s Director, Rachel Jones).