Simon Mutsaars: Made in Corby wants your Big Ideas

Oakley Vale Community Centre was transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative

Oakley Vale Community Centre was transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative

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After the excitement of our Big Days In Fun Palaces, you could be thinking we’ve gone a bit quiet.

I’m here to tell you that’s definitely not the case.

Simon Mutsaars, Executive Director, Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the Made in Corby Consortium

Simon Mutsaars, Executive Director, Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the Made in Corby Consortium

Backstage at Made in Corby, we’ve been planning and moving things along.

This month we’ve been interviewing for two new staff who’ll be the Made in Corby programme team.

Meeting up with Arts Council England (which importantly provides all the funding for Made in Corby’s programme) involved getting our detailed business plans signed off for our two very exciting signature events in 2015 and 2016.

Made in Corby is part of the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme and I attended the national conference.

I was delighted – and a little taken aback – as so many there had read or heard about the success of our Big Summer Night Out.

Everyone’s eyes are clearly on Corby!

But now we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking for Corby people to step forward.

If you’re interested in being part of the team that gets local people involved in the arts, or have your finger on the pulse of what your local community wants, we’re inviting you to join our Big Ideas Team.

We’ve been asking people to come up with a Big Idea for arts activity that they would like to make happen.

Now we need people who live and work in Corby to make the decisions.

It’s part X Factor, part Apprentice; you’ll be in the driving seat, voting for the best ideas, going to see arts activities and performances and meeting artists.

If you’d like to get involved, email us and we’ll let you know about a date to meet to hear more.

Part of our remit at Made in Corby is also promoting what’s on and what’s available locally.

If you’re an artist, or involved in any arts and community organisation, do let us know what you’re doing and we’ll help you to encourage people to come along and try something new.

Look at our Made in Corby Facebook page and on Twitter – from craft workshops to writers groups, from concerts to exhibitions, there’s a lot going on in Corby!

Looking at what’s on next month, my top arts pick for Christmas has to be Dear Santa at the Core, which promises charm and delightful family fun.