there are some longer-term
l Uneven educational achievement ' this will leave many ill-equipped for employment transformed by technology, automation and global competition and force each of us to be more creative, flexible and productive.
l People feeling denied a voice in how change impacts upon them while at the same time
expecting more from those who govern them.
l A more diverse population with divisions stoked by negative discourse and social segregation.
l Communities sometimes unable or unwilling to replace the earlier sense of togetherness derived,
in the past, from associative activity including religion.
These are just some of the trends, and arts organisations are no more immune to these than
others. But the Inquiry, and what people have said to us, suggests they have a role to play. As we progressed the work, we found metaphor a useful way of
describing their potential role: arts organisations as 'colleges', as'town halls', 'parks', 'temples' and 'home'.
And we have been struck by the value of seeing arts
organisations at different stages of development.
Throughout, we have sought to avoid being prescriptive. That is why we chose a consultative, research-driven Inquiry rather than a programme that might feel more rigid. Our ambition
has been to find out what would enable the arts sector to move beyond addressing issues of diversity and education, often narrowly and separately framed,
to something which feels more holistic and democratic.
Launched in our sixtieth year, I hope this Inquiry will
demonstrate how things can be, and ask questions about how we work together to make that real. And, in that spirit, we are sharing what we have found to
date and asking for your input into the next phase.