ChalleNGe is pleased to be working with The Mighty Creatives (supported by The Crafts Council and Arts Council England) to establish ‘Craft Cupboards’ in five foodbanks and community organisations across Nottingham. During the Spring 2020 national lockdown, we provided 550 art boxes to foodbanks. We are now working towards long-term provision of art materials to families and children in need by working with Himmah in Hyson Green, Evolve in Aspley, Mesopotamia in Basford, Hope Foodbank in Clifton and St Anns Advice Centre. We will be accepting donations for the Craft Cupboards to keep them topped up throughout the year, and to enable us to create bespoke packs based on the ages of the children and size of each family.
Letters of Solidarity (LoS) showcases young people’s voices and creativity, exercised their literacy skills and captured the moment during COVID-19. NUCoL created an activity pack and online writing workshops helping young people make sense of and process the period we are living through. The young people’s letters were presented through social videos and an immersive listening experience. Selected letters will feature in a new digital anthology “To a New Dawn: Letters of Solidarity”, edited by Eve Makis, with support from a group of ten young volunteer editors (from NTU and UoN) who helped edit individual letters, gave commentary on their favourites, and helped to write the introduction for the anthology. The anthology will be published in paperback and as an e-book, and a celebration event will be hosted on Wednesday 26th May 2021
In 2020, musician Jaya Gordon-Moore and creative practitioner Parmjit Sagoo worked with three young musicians – Craig, Daud and Dom – to create a podcast that reflects on their experiences of the past year. They used creative activities, writing, spoken word, music, rap and sampling to create individual and collective audio pieces. Sounds of Lockdown opened up a space to talk about the challenges of life during the Covid-19 pandemic, including mental health impacts, and share personal stories and reflections. The project also provided a creative outlet and led to new collaborations and the podcast amplifies young talent. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify or Soundcloud.
Sign Posts to the New Normal is a public art project led by the young people of Nottingham.
Nonsuch worked with community groups and schools to encourage children and young people under 25 to create and submit their ideas for public messages to raise hope, togetherness and positivity during the COVID-19. Nonsuch then scale up and printed the ideas into street posters and placed them in windows and on lampposts in neighbourhoods across the city.
Throughout May and June 2021, you'll be able to see some of these artworks in an exhibition space in Victoria Centre.
A small army of volunteers and artists delivered specially created packs of activities and treats to the houses of children and young people in the most deprived areas of Nottingham for 3 months, in July, August and September 2020. Working with the City Council, Care Services and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and other local children’s services, Nottingham Playhouse delivered the PlayPacks to children aged 4 and 6 – picking up where the Dolly Parton books stop, aged 3. See the digital versions here.
Shine Online will be a constantly evolving resource of accessible online content for young people and their carers. It has 3 elements: live online sessions, downloads and non-digital. Shine Online uses the internet, post and radio to build on the impressive legacy of Nottingham Playhouse Shine – which currently has over 4000 engagements with young people annually in disadvantaged areas through weekly workshops, visits to shows and opportunities to perform.
Participation Lead: Martin Berry, Head of Participation www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
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