Hearts for the Arts Awards

Open Arts

Essex County Council


Best Arts Project - Arts, Health and Wellbeing 2020

What our judges said:


A very thoroughly researched and considered project. Open Arts has been designed with a keen eye on participant needs and, better than just focusing on needs - it considers the participants’ potential. The most impressive bit of this project for me is the spin off drama group, Loose Screws. The willingness of the Essex County Council to stop and ask ‘is this still the right way to deliver on the needs of our participants’ is also admirable and will go a long way to ensure this work stays agile and relevant to changing needs. The care and intelligence of staff involved in this project shines through in this nomination.


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2020 nominees