During 2014-2016, Kim Spinks and Michael Cohen, now directors of City People, collaborated to bring their respective organisations Arts NSW and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority into partnership on a significant community and cultural development project.
Culture Beats was a programme designed to develop the professional pathways and opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse artists and producers whose community festivals were all hosted in Darling Harbour. Participants from these 25 festivals were all at differing levels of competence and Culture Beats devised ways to build their capacities as emerging arts workers.
The programme consisted of:
- Arts pathways development and professional mentorships
- Marketing and sponsorship skills development
- A high profile umbrella marketing campaign
- Production, programming and planning skills development.