NORCA was originally established, in August 2001, to run a community arts venue, Waterloo Park Pavilion. Although we left the Pavilion in July 2006, our considerable success in gaining funding and delivering exciting, groundbreaking arts provision, has put us at the forefront of community-based cultural intervention. Over the last 10 years NORCA has run over 30 programmes and brought in over £2.5m of funding.
The organisation’s remit covers the whole of Norfolk but its work has tended to be focused on the City of Norwich. This is where we have established a strong track record, with experience particularly developed working in and with Norwich’s deprived communities.
NORCA’s focus on transformation and community development has given it a particular perspective in the field of community arts. NORCA has developed innovative projects and initiatives, which nearly always have objectives above and beyond their artistic focus. Although artistically excellence and artistic practice are always at the heart of programmes, there is also recognition of the indirect value of artistic activity – for inclusion, hard and soft-skills development, community building, confidence and aspiration. Where possible programmes leave something behind to take the work forward – active groups, long-term engagement, new networks, practitioners able to develop their own practice.
Our goal is to put culture at the heart of people’s lives in Norfolk.