Exeter Cultural Partnership is redesigning its website. In discussions with our Steering Group and a broader working group looking at functionality and accessibility, we’ve decided that the Ning platform is no longer suitable – as a platform, it will sit uneasily inside our new website design. We also feel that we’d be better able to support arts and culture conversations via other social media platforms.
We haven’t taken this decision lightly. There are currently 561 members on the Ning, and we value your contribution in helping to build the profile of arts and culture in Exeter. We certainly hope you’ll stay with us on the next leg of our journey – the new website will be launched in September along with our new name, ‘Exeter Culture’. In the meantime, there is a holding page – www.exeterculture.com – with the option to sign up to our new mailing list. We’re planning on sending out regular newsletters, so please do join!
As part of our research into the Ning’s functionality, it was noted that although the Blog is the most widely used aspect, the majority of the activity is the posting of events and opportunities (although there is little or no commenting or sharing, and the page views average around 20 to 30). We feel that this activity could more easily happen on other social media platforms. Part of our new remit is to encourage everyone to see that we’re not a membership organisation or a ‘closed clan’; by using Facebook (@ExeterCulture), Twitter (@ExeterCultural) and Instagram (exeterculture), we can more freely and openly communicate.
Regarding the Forum section, there are occasional posts (around two a month), which could be hosted by Facebook groups. For instance, to receive updates from and get involved in Exeter Visual Arts Forum, head over to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/exetervisualartsforum/
There’s much to be excited about in terms of the city’s arts and culture offer, and we want to be at the heart of it – forging relationships, encouraging collaborations, joining the dots and supporting the sector’s development. So, see you there!
Exeter Cultural Partnership
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