Themed tipis, a new Bhangra fusion musical production and a community exhibition are just some of the fantastic new projects coming to Kent after being awarded funding by ART31. Four creative organisations from across Kent have been awarded up to £1000 funding by ART31, to embed ART31 within their organisation and establish a youth-led legacy.
ART31 is all about getting young people involved in the arts, encouraging them to become creative decision-makers and take the lead on arts and cultural activity. After being inundated with applications, the ART31 Youth Board, which is made up of young people from all over Kent, selected four organisations to receive ART31 funding. The successful applicants were aim4 Partnerships CIC, Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club, Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind and Pie Factory Music. This funding will aid the organisations to deliver projects including the creation of three tipis as creative spaces for the community, a Bhangra musical fusion production, mental health and arts and crafts workshops and the development of a consultancy package for other organisations working with young people. All of these projects will be developed and created by young people, and showcased at UPrising, a one-day festival happening at Gulbenkian on Saturday 15 July 2017.
Details of the projects are:
Taking place in Newington, Ramsgate, as part of Brilliant Makers clubs, this project will centre on the creation of three tipis, each with themes decided by young people – kindness, love and curiosity. Young people will choose artists to come into their sessions and work with them to create these tipis, decorating them as they become creative spaces for the community to enjoy. The project has been developed to help change pre-conceptions of young people in the community and to help create young leaders in Newington. The tipis will be installed at UPrising as participatory spaces, with fun, creative activities taking place inside them.
Based in Gravesend, Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club work with young people, promoting Bhangra dance around Kent. With the help of ART31 funding, they will develop a mentoring scheme, resulting in older members of the group, aged between 18 and 23, gaining the skills needed to teach the younger members, aged between 11 and 17 years old. Mentees will not only learn the practical skills necessary to teach and create new music and dance, but also how to capture feedback and evaluate projects. The group will work on a new musical fusion production that will be performed at UPrising.
The rate of mental health problems among children and young people is rapidly rising, and this can significantly affect young people’s social and educational development. Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind will use their ART31 funding to deliver a series of workshops designed and co-ordinated by young people. These workshops will enable young people to use arts and crafts as a medium to express themselves on mental health and mental health services. This will result in a community exhibition of the work created, which will feature at UPrising. The young people involved will learn creative skills, and also marketing and recruitment skills, as they take the lead on organising and delivering the workshops.
Pie Factory Music have been awarded ART31 funding to develop youth-led activity in their own organisation and also in other organisations locally. After a successful youth-led event, Ournight, Ramsgate’s Pie Factory Music found themselves being asked by other organisations how they did it. With this in mind, they will be working with Turner Contemporary’s Education Department to co-curate a new process of training and consultation, resulting in a model of ‘best practice’ for youth voice. This will include a working ‘creative document’ for use within Pie Factory Music and also a consultancy package for other organisations, co-produced by young people. This process will increase the skills of the young people involved, and will also result in Young Trustees joining the Pie Factory Music board.
All four organisations will feature as part of ART31’s UPrising event at Gulbenkian, Canterbury, on Saturday 15 July. The festival will explore young people’s involvement in arts, culture and creativity, as well as issues young people are facing around education, employment and mental health. The day will include panel discussions and speakers, as well as showcasing work created by young people. More UPrising details will be announced soon.