In the Americas our work aims to connect with the region’s diverse and innovative cultural offer to build up professional skills in the sector. Through programmes delivered across 12 countries, we are supporting three key areas: social inclusion, young people’s empowerment, and international connections.
The Americas is one of the most unequal regions in the world (as per the Gini index), with increased urban marginality, violence and insecurity, and a continuing decline in living standards. It also has historically complex social dynamics because of its colonial past and multiculturalism (indigenous, European and African-origin populations), which at the same time contributes to its rich diversity and shared cultural heritage.Social inclusion and wider participation by strengthening civil society
Our work and projects in this area collectively aims to promote cultural rights and improve social inclusion. The priority focus areas of this work and programmes are: urban peripheries and rural communities (Busca tu Espacio); enhancing skills and participation in the cultural sector (Backstage to the Future); working with rural communities (Crafting Futures), developing and supporting routes to cultural production and consumption; increasing LGBTQ+ participation and cultural representation across the region (Outburst); and increasing women's participation in digital culture through mentoring and residency programmes.Supporting young people to build skills, resilience and networks
Culture can be a vehicle for social cohesion and community dialogue as well as for the development of professional pathways for young people. The projects we support in this area focus on supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with safe spaces for creative expression and self-development. The projects that we support inspire knowledge-sharing, develop cultural networks, increase employability, and challenge exclusion.International connections – opportunities for emerging artists and organisations to develop their international outlook
In all the work we do, we aim to make connections and partnerships that build new international relationships between the most innovative UK artists and institutions and those in the region. We encourage the creation of new work and the development of networks for the exchange of practice and training.