Working with Liverpool Libraries, Wehearttech C.I.C. is about to launch a brand new project for young creatives in Liverpool. BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £10,000 over 12 months to support them to make a difference to the lives of children and young people by engaging them in arts and cultural activities.
As part of the project, a group of young people with disabilities will be recruited as Digital & Cultural producers and over a series of workshops (running from March to September 2017) will receive mentoring and training from a range of arts and media professionals in different creative skills areas, such as digital media production, organising events, recruiting and working with artists, facilitating creative activities and much more. With this training and the support of wehearttech C.I.C and Liverpool Libraries, the Digital & Cultural Producers will go on to light up the libraries across the city with creative activities, events and exhibits. Other young people, particularly those facing disadvantages or exclusion from the Arts, will be encouraged to participate and get involved with these activities. The project aims to develop the talents of this core group of young people, raise their aspirations about future careers, and provide them with the foundations to become the next generation of cultural leaders.
Starting with MakeFest 2017 in June, the Digital & Cultural producers will be responsible for commissioning two artists to deliver digital maker activities in Liverpool Central Library for other young people to access. Following this, the young people will put their developing skills to the test and deliver a youth-led arts workshop in one of the branch libraries, create an arts exhibit for libraries in collaboration with local artists, and then programme their own large-scale arts event in August in Central Library. So watch this space Liverpool, creativity and curiosity will be hitting your libraries!
The grant funding from BBC Children in Need will also enable the core group of young people involved to gain Arts Award accreditation, as well as making valuable industry contacts and a set of references for their future pathways. The activities and events they put on across the Liverpool Library network will open up access to the arts and culture for other young people, supporting them to develop creative skills and have fun!
Sounds interesting, right? Well, if you’d like to be involved or a working with a group a young people who you know would love this opportunity, then get in touch. Drop Hayley an email on firstname.lastname@example.org