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Consultation or active participation? Community arts and participatory appraisal workers working together to really involve local people in decision making

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Document begins: Consultation or active participation? 7 Community arts and participatory appraisal workers working together to really involve local people in decision making Kate Gant Introduction suffering from being labelled as having `problems', the For sometime now I have been enjoying using the communities living in Blakenall have maintained a strong metaphor of a `tool bag' to describe my approach to how I community spirit and identity. have used Community Arts as a tool to engage local people in effective consultation work. Community Arts is a term The work in Blakenall had to happen in a very short time used to embrace work, which involve groups of people space; it was the start of a longer consultation process. An doing creative activities together. These activities cross art application for New Deal Status had to be submitted to the forms, so include the visual arts and crafts and performing Local Government Office. If it were accepted, there would arts, and can be anything from a community festival to a be another nine months of consultation work to develop book, from a dance to a video, from a mosaic to a mural. a plan, which would then be implemented over a ten- The ...

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