What we do
Glasgow Connected Arts Network CiC (Glasgow CAN) is the cultural hub for the advancement of Participatory Arts in the City.
Glasgow CAN CiC is invested in encouraging and maintaining public engagement, awareness and understanding of Participatory Arts in Glasgow. We facilitate skills and resource sharing, and the exchange of ideas, offering our Members and the wider community access to invaluable training, partnership and networking opportunities.
Our membership consists of over 400 individual Creative Practitioners and Arts Organisations working in the Participatory Arts sector in Glasgow.
Our members improve community cohesion, break down barriers to access and instill positive social change through providing or programming Participatory Arts activities to communities in greater Glasgow.
“I I love what I do. I love sharing my experiences and skills with the next generation and anyone who has an expressive interest in the arts in general. I strongly believe that the creative arts play an imperative role in the holistic well being of our society as a whole; whether you are a new born or 100 yrs old.”
Isabelle Joss is a freelance actor, creative collaborator and drama facilitator. She has performed and created shows for children, most recently with Catherine Wheels Theatre Co and the Tron Theatre. She is currently working as a freelance outdoor drama facilitator with ‘WHAT HAPPEN’S NOW’ at the Play Barn in Pollock Park, Glasgow.
The Bold Collective
The Bold Collective is Glasgow CAN’s youth strand. The Bold Collective is made up of young people who are passionate about youth arts in Glasgow. Working as a committee of young people between the ages of 14 and 25, The Bold Collective are invested in promoting, participating and encouraging access to the arts for other young people in Glasgow with a particular focus on those facing barriers to participation.
Thurs 13 Oct, 10- 11.30am at Civic House, Glasgow
Join us for #CreativeConnect this October to meet one another, connect, access peer support and hear about upcoming news & opportunities. This month we’ll be thinking about role(s) we play within communities as creative practitioners and how our work within communities as a participatory artist might differ from our other work. We will have a chance to consider how we might protect our own wellbeing and nurture the skills we hold, without over committing ourselves. There will be a combination of icebreaker activities and facilitated discussion, as well as time to meet & chat with others. We are excited to host this event at our new hub within the newly renovated Civic House!
Thurs 27 Oct 2022, 10am - 12pm, Online via Zoom
This 2 hour training workshop will help attendees make some difficult decisions and decide who within the organisation should be taking responsibility for sustainability and, if it is time to shift responsibility or bring someone additional in for support. Attendees will start planning, and explore various fundraising avenues and how to meet their criteria. By coming along attendees will get tips as to how to put together a good quality application to a Trust or Foundation, and the value of building relationships with funders.
Covid – 19 Statement
Glasgow CAN is aware as an organisation that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on freelancers and small organisations in so many different ways and we are here to continue to support you. As an organisation we implemented home working from 17.03.20 and the core team are still based in their own homes until the government advise it is safe to go back to co-working spaces. The core team are constantly thinking about ways we can continue to support our members and people that access our organisation during this period of adaptation. Many of our events continue to be held online as we begin to adopt a blended model of in person and online events. – Glasgow CAN Team, September 2021