Ipswich Arts Association has 55 member organisations, which means also that hundreds of individuals are associated with its activities.
In 2014 the Association is continuing a number of successful initiatives including the very popular monthly Ipswich Town Lectures and Concerts, and organising the Classical Stages at Ipswich Music Day. The Ipswich Charter Hangings, sponsored by the Ipswich Arts Association continue to attract many visitors, and members of IAA will be on hand at other major events during the year to answer questions or point visitors in the direction of the voluntary arts sector in the area. To support that work, during 2012 IAA began the publication of IAA News & Events three times each year, which is circulated to all member groups, Tourist Information Centres, Libraries and other appropriate outlets.
The forthcoming issue will be published at the end of August and will cover the months of September through to December 2014.
IAA is also a campaigning organisation and, at a time, when there are widespread cuts and challenges, it is raising questions about public resources including libraries, concert venues as well as the quality of arts provision in schools. Many of these topics form the basis for discussion at the quarterly General Meetings held in Ipswich to which anyone is invited- whether or not they are involved with a local society.
The website is one of a number of ways in which IAA aims to keep in touch not only with these members but also with the wider community. It provides an excellent way of societies to publicise their events as well as a diary of proposed events, which has long proved invaluable to those keen to avoid clashes with other events of the same kind or in the same locality.
If you would like help and/or advice about the arts it may be Ipswich Arts Association can provide that? Please contact the IAA Secretary: email: firstname.lastname@example.org, (phone 01473 738324)
Finally, Ipswich Arts Association is always keen to hear from people who are prepared to volunteer a few hours to help at one of the many events which IAA organise.
Professor Chris Green
Chair, Ipswich Arts Association