Shortly after the formation of the Cultural Arts Network (CAN) the Community Events Network was launched it soon became apparent that members of both networks had very similar needs and aims. Whilst we continued to run as two networks working collaboratively together, we discovered more commonality between the two groups. This was evident by the crossover of membership. In 2018 it was agreed that the two networks should merge.
In August 2018 we formally constituted as the Plymouth Community Arts and Events Network (CAEN). We have received grant funding form the Plymouth Octopus Project (Esmée Fairbairn Foundation) to build and develop the new combined network.