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Nov 03 2011

Play your part, be a Harrow Arts Centre Ambassador

Are you passionate about the arts, crazy about cinema or moved by music? Then why not sign up to be a Harrow Arts Centre (HAC) Ambassador?

Harrow Council is looking for 30 volunteers to advise on and advertise HAC’s programme of events, shows and activities. This pioneering new scheme puts residents centre stage in shaping the borough’s arts offer and attracting a wider audience to the Hatch End venue.

Ambassadors will get an unrivalled chance to use their local knowledge to gather ideas and feedback from residents about what they want to see or do at HAC, to ensure the programming is relevant and attractive.

In addition, ambassadors will promote the centre through word of mouth, at various events such as Under One Sky or by distributing brochures, posters and flyers around the borough.

Ambassadors will initially sign up for a year at a time and will enjoy lots of perks such as free tickets for Harrow Arts Centre events, invites to season previews and the opportunity to see behind the scenes at Harrow’s premier arts venue.

Cllr David Perry, portfolio holder for community and culture on Harrow Council, said:

“This scheme is about residents having a starring role in deciding what we offer at Harrow Arts Centre. It is also asking local arts lovers to make a song and dance about the venue, to bring the great programme of shows and activities to a wider audience.

“Harrow Arts Centre belongs to our residents. This is about listening to local people and giving them a greater say in what you can see or do there.

“Anyone over 18 can become an ambassador – all you need is a passion for the arts and a desire to spread the word in your local community.”

Kelvin English (pictured) who recently became the first HAC ambassador, said:

“I think a lot of people in Harrow don’t realise what the Arts Centre offers. You don’t have to go into central London to see top class acts – they also perform here and the shows are good value too.

“I wanted to help spread the word about what’s on offer and make sure more people in Harrow make the most of this great resource. Signing up to be an ambassador means I can play a part in the programming and get personal satisfaction from the impact I make.

“It is also an opportunity to meet new people as I go out and promote the centre. There really is something for everyone from film, dance and drama to ballet and comedy.”

Anyone is welcome to apply to become an ambassador.

You’ll need to be friendly and really good at talking to all sorts of people. No knowledge or experience of the arts is necessary, just an eagerness to find out more and get other people interested too.

Applicants should also be aged over 18 and will need to live in the borough or on its borders.

For more information or to get an application form email: cate.gordon@harrow.gov.uk or call her on 020 8416 8963.

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