Digital arts programme to kick off with £82,000 grant

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A digital arts programme is set to engage more visitors to libraries after Milton Keynes Council won a bid for £82,000.

The money will come from the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts (Libraries Fund), to introduce a range of digital media projects to excite and engage new audiences.

The programme of activities, known as Digitalis, will include musicians, digital writers, and artists working with community groups, young people and ‘knit and natter’ groups. Among other ideas in the pipeline, it will involve developing digital apps to engage with communities in Milton Keynes.

Councillor David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for libraries, said: “This is great news for the residents of Milton Keynes. Digitalis is a unique project which will engage local people in arts and libraries, and provides a fantastic kick-start to 2014.”

The Arts Council grant will contribute £82,490 towards the total project costs of £97,790. The libraries team are currently developing ideas for projects which aim to start in summer 2014.