The Arts Division is situated at the Civic
Centre. It is part of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Service, which
in turn forms part of the Regeneration Department. It
comprises one full time post - Arts Development
The Arts in Merthyr Tydfil will be central to
community development and regeneration in the County Borough,
seeking to make the arts accessible and understandable to the
people of the area being both active and proactive in each
individual part of the County Borough and in doing so will
compliment the County Borough Council's Vision and Aims
particularly in the fields of Leisure, Lifelong Learning and
Why The Arts?
The arts are exploratory, they are intrinsic
to daily life, and we are all in some way touched by them whether
this be seeing an attractive painting on the walls of a doctor's
surgery or being lifted by a favourite song on the radio or
relaxing watching a film in the cinema. Even if we are not aware of
it, the arts impact upon our lives, emotions and even our social
interaction without us thinking about it. They can also be ways in
which we express ourselves, escape from mundane tasks, communicate
with others or develop a sense of identity. The arts therefore
encompass, but are not exclusively the following
Visual arts - photography, film, sculpture,
Drama - theatre, pantomimes
Dance - ballet, jazz, disco, contemporary,
physical theatre, tap etc.
Literature - creative writing, poetry,
storytelling, journalism etc.
Craft - applied arts, pottery and ceramics,
glass-wear, leatherwear, textiles, jewellery, work in wood,
metal, stone carving etc. Plus hobbie
Music - songwriting, playing instruments
individually or in groups, singing, choirs, rock bands, music
technology, DJ mixing etc.
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