11 Midland projects hoping to ‘transform lives’ through ‘groundbreaking’ arts campaign – full list

webnexttech | 11 Midland projects hoping to ‘transform lives’ through ‘groundbreaking’ arts campaign - full list

Arts and cultural organisations across the region will be bidding for public donations this week to provide new opportunities for young people as part of a “groundbreaking” fundraising campaign. The online Arts for Impact campaign will run from tomorrow, March 19, until next Tuesday, March 26, and will involve 11 charities chosen from across the West Midlands. The money raised in public donations throughout the week will be combined with match funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The charities include Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who want to work with professional musicians and local organisations to run musical activities for young patients and families, as well as Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, who want to provide more opportunities for young people from “under-served communities” to develop their creative talents. Meanwhile Ricnic are seeking funding to run free theatre workshops for disadvantaged young people in Walsall while Stratford Literary Festival wants to provide books to local schools through its Build a Library campaign. Through the funding, Craftspace also wants to give four marginalised young people aged 16 to 18 two weeks’ experience working alongside artists in their studio. READ MORE: Birmingham council tax – full details ahead of next month’s rise The full list of charities from across the region, and the reasons they are seeking funding, can be found below: Artis Foundation, to run creative learning sessions in primary schools to boost their wellbeing through performing arts activities. Birmingham Children’s Hospital, to work with professional musicians and local organisations to run musical activities for young patients and families, providing many with their first experience of live music. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, to deliver free creative music-making workshops for eight to 18-year-olds, giving them the opportunity to compose and perform their own music with professional concert musicians. Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, to provide more opportunities for young people from under-served communities to discover and develop their creative talents, confidence and leadership skills in support of its Unlocked ambition to become the most accessible venue of its size in the UK. Craftspace, to give four marginalised young people aged 16 to 18 two weeks’ experience working alongside artists in their studios to get first-hand insight into creative careers to build their confidence and inform future career choices. Ex Cathedra, to provide Singing Medicine sessions to improve the wellbeing of children who are in hospital for long periods of time while undergoing treatment. Highly Sprung Performance, to provide first arts experience for children aged three to seven who live in disadvantaged areas, using performance to increase their understanding of the natural world, its benefits, and the role they can play in looking after it. Ricnic, to run free theatre workshops to give disadvantaged young people in Walsall the chance to write, direct, and perform their own work. Stratford Literary Festival, to provide books to local schools as part of the festival’s Build a Library campaign which promotes the positive impact reading can have on wellbeing and other life outcomes. The People’s Orchestra, to run a weekly inclusive community walking group in parks and other public spaces across Sandwell to improve walkers’ mental and physical health. Writing West Midlands, to offer free places on its creative writing activities, helping to improve writing skills, self-confidence, and the pleasure of telling stories. The online fundraising campaign is led by Big Give, a match fund platform, and New Philanthropy for Arts & Culture, a network of arts supporters who are passionate about increasing philanthropic support of the arts and culture sector. Laura Shoaf, chief executive at the WMCA, said: “All 11 local projects that will be raising money through the Big Give are very different but equally profound in the positive impact they have on the health and wellbeing of young people in the West Midlands.” Alex Day, managing director of Big Give, added: “We are delighted that the WMCA is involved in this groundbreaking campaign. Its support is critical to the livelihood of so many worthy causes and charities that are transforming the lives of hundreds of people in the local community on a daily basis.” You can find out more about the Arts for Impact campaign at Big Give’s website. Keep up to date with all the latest politics news with our politics newsletter. You can sign up for free here to get stories delivered straight to your inbox to read at a time convenient to you. See our top stories and avoid ads by downloading our app to your phone or tablet

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