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News 25 June 2024

Funding to support young people's access to Culture

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Round two recipients announced
For the second round of the Cultural Learning and Education Support Fund, we are pleased to share the organisations who are receiving funding towards their projects.

The Cultural Education and Learning Support Fund helps to enable local arts and cultural organisations deliver free learning programmes for children and young people in the borough.

In total, we have awarded over £105k to organisations:

  • With a track record of delivering outreach in community or school settings in the borough.

  • To deliver projects including exhibitions and artworks, creative, dance and music workshops, cultural visits for young people and more.

All this will give more local children and young people access and experience of arts and culture in Camden.

So here it is, the list:

Bloomsbury Festival will be putting on a creative career development traineeship for your creatives ‘Springboard’. Students will take on cultural and creative skills training in design skills, digital projection, radio/podcast training, exhibition curation, event management and more. At the end of the scheme, they will design and curate an outdoor visual artwork or exhibition for Bloomsbury Festival 2024.

Camden Youth theatre provide high quality creative engagement opportunities for teenagers in Camden. The free weekly workshops are led by a team of experienced facilitators. Every year, CYT members create, write and perform in a short film and a live performance that takes place at CPT and NDT. 

The English Folk Dance and Song Society will deliver a four day folk music and dance summer school for learning disabled young people. They will work towards a performance showcasing songs and dances they have learnt, to take place at Cecil Sharp House on the last day of the workshop.  

The Foundling Museum will put on Music Explorers – musical workshops for reception classes. They will enable children to develop skills and experience in music making, self-expression and wellbeing. The children will have a safe space to informally learn through music making, collaboration and performance. Workshops will tell the story of the Foundling Hospital pupils, art and music. 

Grassroots Arts Studios will deliver 10 weeks of fashion workshops for 16 to 19 year olds, focusing on sustainable practices, sewing, design and fabric cutting. There will also be workshops for young photographers. These workshops aim to give the young people skills for developing their creative portfolios and enriching their career prospects.

  • Kiln Theatre, for Kiln Schools’ Engagement in Camden: Parliament Hill School, £4,153.67

Kiln Theatre will deliver a school engagement pilot. Young people will enjoy a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company, have a backstage workshop and attend a careers fair. 

  • Lauderdale House, for LYRIC (Lauderdale Young Research & Interpretation Collective), £4,731 

Young people will have the opportunity to produce creative outcomes based on an aspect of local or family history. This could include producing a podcast episode, and exhibition and participation in Lauderdale House’s Heritage Weekend. They’ll get trips to local archives and heritage centres and meet local historians and archivists.

October Gallery will provide artist-led enrichment programmes in two Camden schools, with an emphasis on supporting young people who may face barriers to engaging with extra-curricular activities. There’ll be classroom teaching and lessons at the October Gallery supported by OG Education Youth Collective Members to encourage peer mentoring.

  • The Place, for Get Camden Dancing – the Tour, £7,500 

The Place are putting on a dance stage at the Somers Town Festival. Aimed at young audiences and families, there will be performances and workshops available. They hope to engage with audiences that may not have seen dance before, providing access to high quality culture and making it accessible for more people.

Camden Young Writers will offer twenty young people the opportunity to develop and showcase skills in the arts by taking part in a carousel of skills-based workshops. They’ll cover many aspects of creating and sharing poetry, finishing with live events created by the students.  

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