10 ways we’re supporting...

participation in arts & culture 

Here at Spirit, we’re always keen to help increase opportunities for people to participate in the arts. As such, we support projects all across the UK that enable people to participate in arts and cultural activities, both individually and as a part of their wider community. Here's just some of the ways we're doing it...

 

1) Inspiring through music and dance…

We have recently reopened our Spirit of Achievement Challenge Fund, which this year is all about inspiring people through music and dance. We will be awarding grants of £100,000 - £250,000 to three separate projects, centred around music and dance, which allow disabled and non-disabled people to participate on equal terms.

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/calling-all-music-and-dance-projects-england-and-wales

2) Giving disabled artists the ability to showcase their work…

One of the projects we fund is Unlimited Impact - an empowering arts project that focuses on developing and inspiring the next generation of young disabled people passionate about making change through art. The project also supports venues and festivals across the UK to show ambitious and high quality art by disabled people and reaches out to wider and more diverse audiences.

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/funding-focus-unlimited-impact

3) Supporting hundreds (really!) of community arts projects…

We’re working with Voluntary Arts to support hundreds of community arts initiatives across the UK, covering the whole range of arts and cultural activities, to help them become more professional and self-sustaining, ensuring everyone has a chance to get out and get creative in their own community.

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/programmes/volunteering/voluntary-arts 

4) Giving young filmmakers a helping hand…

We fund Viewfinder - a fantastic project in the North East that supports filmmakers with disabilities, autism and additional needs to come together and take their skills and aspirations to the next level. We liked their work so much that they made a film for our recent anniversary event…

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/funding-focus%E2%80%A6-viewfinder

5) Getting communities treading the boards…

ARC Stockton’s Cultural Shift programme, funded by Spirit, is creating an inclusive theatre company, Full Circle, who are already producing plays of their own. They’re helping people to forget about stage fright and join their local theatre group…

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/cultural-shift

6) Making the UK come alive with the sound of music…

In 2015, Spirit was one the funders of Big Big Sing – a project that inspired hundreds of thousands of people the length and breadth of the UK to unite in celebration of singing. In its first year alone, Big Big Sing attracted 62,840 people to get out, get together and sing.

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/big-big-sing-celebrates-big-big-success

7) Teaching circus skills in Northern Ireland…

We’ve just announced funding for Streetwise Community Circus to deliver a project called Circus Aurora. It is a three-year programme that will take high-quality circus workshops into rural parts of Northern Ireland – specifically Ballycastle, Downpatrick and Omagh. It will bring together people from different communities and develop their circus skills, confidence and abilities in a relaxed and fun environment.

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/spirit-2012-awards-funding-community-circus-project-northern-ireland

8) Making imaginative use of London bus routes…

Making Routes brings participants together as co-collaborators to help ensure disabled people are visible and valued within the cultural life of their city. A London bus route, the 345, unites the neighbouring communities and partner organisations and the project connects these communities and creates opportunities to build friendships and artistic collaborations.

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/making-routes

9) Sneaking children behind the scenes of their local museum…

Peter’s Pals - Young Curator’s Club takes place in Caithness, one of the Fourteen communities funded by Spirit. The Young Curator’s Club is aimed at young people aged between 7 – 12 years and they work with Museum staff and other experts to explore the Museum Collection both front of house and behind the scenes.

https://caithnesshorizons.wordpress.com/education/peters-pals/

10) Exploring the Land of Green Ginger…

Our support of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 includes Land of Green Ginger, a city-wide arts project that promises to delight and excite the residents of the Hull. We’re keeping details under wraps for now, but watch out later this year for something that will get the whole city talking…

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/hull-2017


 

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