Arts Council England is today celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The body was created by Sir Winston Churchill’s wartime coalition government one month after VE Day before being formally granted its Royal Charter the following year in 1946.
Its creation “showed a commitment by that government to continue public investment in the nation’s creativity and culture, which has continued through successive administrations”, the organisation said in a statement.
The body is responsible for distributing funds to arts organisations in an effort to promote culture.
Arts Council England chair Sir Nicholas Serota said:
Arts Council England has evolved from funding 46 organisations in 1946 to “several thousand” today, the organisation said.
Economist John Maynard Keynes served as its first chair and described its mission as “to give courage, confidence and opportunity” with “enjoyment being its first aim”.
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