Director of the Arts Barge Project, Hannah West, shares her Top 5 reasons she loves being part of York’s creative community.
1. Arts community
Lots of people know each other across the different art forms, and there’s a real collaborative feel. This is the inspiration for the Arts Barge; to give this community a permanent home
2. Lots of people in York make stuff
From music to theatre, visual arts to crafts, York is alive with creative, inventive people who love to make
3. Intergenerational socialising
I often meet people of all different ages at arts events. This is hugely significant in creating safe communities and using the arts to tackle social isolation.
4. York is small enough to run into people I know every time I go into town
We joke about York being ‘a big village’ but it’s true. This sense of community, despite 7 million tourists a year, makes York such a homely place.
5. There are some great community venues
If you’d like to contribute your Top 5 in York, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org