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Thanks for talking to Mystic Joe

12 Aug 2019

Crawley Borough Council’s six month consultation on arts, culture and leisure saw more than 1000 residents and visitors take part.

The consultation launched in January and was delivered through ‘Mystic Joe’, an interactive fortune teller booth created by Crawley born computational artist Joe McAlister.

Throughout the consultation, Arts and Community Development Officers and the Wellbeing Team took Mystic Joe to venues across the town including Crawley library, The Hawth, K2 Crawley, Children’s and Family Centre, community centres and events including school fetes and neighbourhood fairs.

Creative Producers for the consultation, Louise Blackwell and Naomi Alexander organised further focus groups with local businesses, young people, education providers and local cultural groups and artists.

Participants were asked a range of questions that focused on identifying gaps and gathering information on how arts and culture can be improved in the town, including:

A report based on the huge amount of data and feedback is currently being compiled and will be available later on in the year.

From this, further work will include the creation of an arts and culture strategy for the whole town.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins’s said: “I am delighted at the number of responses we have received to this consultation and the positive reaction to Mystic Joe. The feedback will play an integral part in informing the arts and culture strategy, something which the whole town will benefit from in the future.”