1.0 Question 1
‘The Den’ Arts Centre operates its programs and services from a converted warehouse located in the centre of Denning, a large market town, twenty miles from the City of Welton. Income earned from the Centre’s programs is utilized for the overall operations costs of the Centre. Additionally, funding is received from the County Council to assist with running and staff costs, and Grants are also obtained from the County’s Leisure and Arts Committee, Denton District Council, Denning District Council and Western Arts.
The Centre’s achievements over the past ten years have included live shows promoting dance, music and drama. These have incorporated the involvement of many young people including those with physical disabilities, and the Centre has enlisted professional artistes to work alongside the youths. The Centre’s special events focused on an Education and Participation Program and its main aim was to integrate the education projects to the performance events. Workshops were conducted for both students and teachers and these were held by a Senegalese master drummer who worked with the locals, and the education program is focused on multi-culturalism. The Den has a long-standing relationship with two resident artists with whom they work to support and develop the local arts practitioners. These are the Funtastic Dance Company and the Dadrum Community Music.
A report prepared by the last Head of the Centre highlights numerous concerns ranging from budgeting, location, collaboration with its partners, and staff issues. The Den however, is moving full speed ahead and proposing some major improvements to its physical accommodations with some possible funding from the various Councils and the Henry White Theatre Trust. Audience surveys indicate positive responses to The Den’s programs,