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The Road to Manhood
This was a 12 week accredited arts programme (18 weeks total) developed by a group of 42 young people living in east London.
The programme provided a unique creative development experience for the aspiring local artists aged 16-18 that are classified as NEET.
The participants were mentored one-to-one and immersed in a series of 36 AQA accredited creative arts and business industry workshops.
This was a real hands on experience for those involved and culminated in a music showcase and a pop up art exhibition celebrating the legacy of musician and social activist AKALA.
In partnership with Earth Tone Arts and in close collaboration with the TRLA, the project was initially developed to increase biodiversity on the Aldriche Way Estate and funded by Waltham Forest Council as a series of 3 sessions in August 2017. Since then the project has taken a life of its own and the Gardening Club has become a routine that families attend on Sundays. Stuart Robinson, a local resident and chairman of the TRLA says: “The kids have really taken to gardening and wildlife and it’s become a truly inter-generational affair”.
The Soul Garden
Soul Garden was a 24 week organic food growing and enterprise project for homeless families. In partnership with East Thames' Barking Foyer in East London we developed the rooftop area into a roof garden. We did this through delivering a series of 48 workshops that focused on sustainable organic food growing, food enterprise and health & wellbeing.
Helping to redesign the green spaces, participants will also get to learn about growing their own healthy food.
The Young London
Funded by Arts Council
A participatory arts programme celebrating Barking and Dagenham’s 50th anniversary and historic cultural youth diversity through Street Art.
The project provided a unique creative development experience for eleven established London based Street Artists, who were paired with aspiring artists aged 16-24 classified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). These aspiring artists will in turn now mentor eleven young people aged 11-16.
The participants were immersed in a dynamic series of workshops and creative activities and produced a 2 week exhibition.
The Family Music Experience
Funded by Awards for All/ Big Lottery Fund
Over a 10 week period we delivered 2 weekly workshops, 20 in total for children aged 5-11 and their parents. The project took parents and children on a cultural and educational music journey. Each session families learnt about and played different music styles e.g. African, Caribbean, Asian and European which was combined with rhythmic reading, writing and literacy techniques.
We used rhythm, words, tempo and melody, which are important skills for reading.
We developed listening techniques which is an important for communication and literacy skills.
We explained the connections between print and spoken word.
We practiced motor development and motor coordination while experimenting with various instruments and dancing as well as develop thinking techniques; creatively and holistically. Parents who played a musical instrument was also encouraged to bring it in, talk about and demonstrate to the children their instrument of choice.
The weekly sessions used storytelling, drama and other creative learning activities which aimed to develop reading, writing, literacy skills and increase values and qualities such as integrity, teamwork, leadership and creativity