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Rural Arts wins ‘Most Inclusive Arts Charity’ Award at the 2021 Non-Profit Organisation Awards

A photo of a rainbow in a blue sky from a field
In its Keepsake project, Rural Arts commissioned Kerrie Marsh’s audio play ‘Ask for Sophie’, which explored the experience of being LGBTQ+ in rural areas.

North Yorkshire charity Rural Arts has received ‘Most Inclusive Arts Organisation – Northern England’ at a global awards ceremony. 


Acquisition International’s Non-Profit Organisation Awards looks to recognise and reward those who show a commitment to positive change, as well as striving to make a pragmatic and effective impact for those in need of their support. 


Awards Coordinator Harwinder Pawar, said – ‘I offer a sincere congratulations to all of the well-deserved victors of our inaugural awards. I hope the accolade stands as a testament to your unwavering efforts and hope it sets you in good stead for the rest of 2021 and onward!’ 


Rural Arts’ mission is to deliver inclusive and inspiring creative opportunities to enrich lives and connect communities. Its work over the pandemic has exemplified this, including new in-person, digital and postal projects. Keepsake was a project to bring treasurable cultural opportunities to the homes of people across all of North Yorkshire via seven unique commissions, one for each district. #RADISH – launched days after the announcement of the first lockdown – stood for Rural Arts Daily Inspiration while Staying at Home, and provided free daily digital creativity to over 50,000 people. North Yorkshire Together, a collaboration between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth, first provided digital workshops and postal packs, before delivering FEAST. FEAST is a holiday activities and food programme for young people on Free School Meals, made possible by 45 community organisations across the county. 


Rural Arts CEO and Director, Max May said – “I’m so proud that our work over the past 16 months has been recognised by the Non-Profit Organisation Awards. As we move forward, and support people to manage the long-term impact of the pandemic, we’ll continue to pursue our mission of bringing creativity to the heart of communities across North Yorkshire.” 


To find out more about Rural Arts’ work, take a look through our website to see how you can get involved.


To learn more about the award winners, please visit the Acquisition International website (