Arts Council England (ACE) have informed us, that in recognition of our excellent track record and position in our locality, ACE have ring-fenced an amount for us to continue our role as part of a new strategic regional contract with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO)

RIO will be working as a ‘Bridge Organisation’ to provide a direct connection between the work produced by arts organisations, schools and communities.

Spaeda will not be part of the new ACE National Portfolio for 2012-15, however, our RFO funding from the arts council will continue until March 2012, when the new contract with RIO will begin.

We look forward to finalising the details of the contract with RIO later this year and continuing to enhance the lives of children and young people in Somerset through the arts and creativity.

We are also pleased that the arts council have allocated money in a national programme targeted at children and young people, to ensure vital educational work continues in these challenging times.