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) project will showcase young people’s voices and creativity, exercise their literacy skills, capture the moment we are living through, and show they're not forgotten during the global pandemic. NUCoL are sharing an activity pack and online writing workshops helping young people make sense of and process the period we are living through. They will present young people’s letters through social videos and an immersive listening experience. 50 of the selected letters will feature in a new digital anthology.
Sign Posts to the New Normal is a public art project led by the young people of Nottingham.
Nonsuch is working 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. Ideas can be submitted as fully realised creative concepts (designed posters) or as slogans or messages. Nonsuch will then scale up and print the ideas into street posters that will be placed in windows and on lampposts in neighbourhoods across the city, particularly around local schools and parks.
To get involved contact Maeve Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline 17th July!
Primary is working with Mojatu Foundation to develop a project with 20 young people aged 16-25 from African, Caribbean & Middle Eastern communities, living in NG7 and NG8. Mojatu have identified the challenges these young people are facing during the Covid-19 lockdown in terms of isolation and mental health; and limited access to the internet and social and creative activities.
Sounds of the Lockdown is a collaborative project that will provide practical support and resources, working with Mojatu’s radio project and Primary’s podcast channel to develop storytelling and interview activities. Designed and facilitated by a sound artist (Primary) and radio producer (Mojatu), the content will be developed by the young people. We will provide data packages and physical resources for young people to take part in the activities remotely, attend online group sessions, and record audio on their phones. Contact Jaya for more information! email@example.com
Playhouse Playpacks sees a small army of volunteers and artists delivering 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. Working with the City Council, Care Services and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and other local children’s services, Nottingham Playhouse will deliver 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