I was delighted to be invited to speak with rural promoters at the weekend, as part of their Leadership course with the Social Enterprise Academy. I've worked on and off with rural promoters for many years now and I love hearing about their work, what is happening in their communities and why it matters. I consider myself to be a product of rural promoters - if it wasn't for the work I did with the Promoters Arts Network (PAN, now The Touring Network) I wouldn't have the values, the passion and knowledge of the rural creative sector that I have today.
I shared my journey with them, about the moment I applied to the Clore Fellowship and the circumstances which I've worked through over the last few years. We spoke about serendipity, something I notice a lot in my life - those 'sliding doors' moments when things align to take you on a path towards something which will be important to your growth.
We looked at the need to invest in culture first, the power of the collective voice, why it matters and the impact of arts and culture in our communities.
I was asked to share some leadership learning and I wanted to share them again. These resonate with me however I'd love to hear more - what have you learned on your own leadership journey?
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