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STEAM Co. (operating name of STEAM Collaboration CIC) By STEAM Co. (operating name of STEAM Collaboration CIC)

We kicked off a 12 Days of (Create) Christmas UK Tour - #3GreatestGifts - when we left the recent Community Camp at Eden. We now want to take it up a gear this key week by raising funds in 24 hours.

Birmingham Delivery stage

pledged of £9,974

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

STEAM Co. is a non-profit CIC co-founded 8 years ago in a primary school in Paddington. We've been all over the UK since. We Campaign for, Inspire and Action Art - the Power of Creativity, Tech and People We feel it has the power to Inspire Kids, Create Careers and Connect Communities. We connect our kids with their art and our communities with their schools. Last year, inspired by Sir Elton John's story, we did a 12 day tour of the UK. It was incredible. We're doing it again this year, as the '3 Greatest Gifts Tour - because the greatest gifts you can give a child are Your Time, Some Stories and Their Art. Nile Rodgers has filmed a chat for us. In Birmingham last week we met an autistic boy who lives for his music. He plays piano. It's a big week . We want to rent the same screen we used last year for three pop up days Weds - Sheffield, Thurs - Morecambe, Fri -Birmingham We need to do this in 24 hours. We're ready to go We just need you to prove how #ARTCONENCTS19

What we'll deliver:

  • We will deliver the last of our #3Greatest Gifts Sessions free to 7 schools
  • We will rent a massive screen on the back of a lorry for three days this election week
  • We will print 5,000 news papers of our #ARTCONNECTS19 newspaper on the last day of the tour, the 12th day of Christmas
  • We will give everyone who donates over £10 a copy of the newspaper with their name in it
  • We will give everyone who donates over £25 an #ILOVEART t-shirt
  • We will give everyone who donates over £100 a poster of themselves holding an #ILOVEART logo they have designed
  • We will give everyone who donates over £1,000 4 sheets of #ILOVEART stickers designed by 4 children across the UK
  • We will give 3 companies donating £3,000 (subject to vibe assessment) Tour Sponsor status/discrete use of their logo
  • Any one who just gives us the £9k we need now, gets a team hug.

Why it's a great idea:

As Sir Elton John said last week "It's appalling that music is being taken off the curriculum in UK schools" 9 out of 10 head teachers, according to BBC research have said they have cut the arts and creative subjects. We believe that we should put creativity first in our schools, work and lives. It is not only enshrined as a human right but can inspire children in their learning, create careers/powers the economy and can connect communities. We launched our 3 Greatest Gifts UK Tour at the Eden Project in Cornwall and are taking it to school communities across the country. However we have struggled to find sponsors and schools have a funding crisis. After sessions in Cornwall, Chester and Wales we are pausing to do the last bit properly. We met a young autistic pianist in Birmingham last week and want to give him a big screen and stage at three sessions this week - election week and the week Stormzy launches his new album, a young man with his portrait in the National Gallery

Steps to get it done:

  • Securing the funding by midday Tues 10th Dec to book screen for Wednesday

If, like us, you value art and creativity and are worried about an impending creativity crisis in our schools, that will impact our work and society, then we hope you'll support this. If we raise more than the £9k we need now, we wil luse it to kick off next year's Festival of Creative Shcools, Worka dn Lives. This year's was called #ARTCONNECTS19. Next year's will be called #COLLABORATE20 Will you #COLLABORATEforCREATIVITY? Let's show how, as Seth Godin says, #ARTCONNECTS Because 'art is what we call it when what we do might connect us to someone else'. Thank you for even reading this.

Location Birmingham

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Birmingham City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £9,974

Screen hire, travel, printing, artist fees and other costs - £9,000 (90%)
Other - £974 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Screen hire, travel, printing, artist fees and other costs
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Ongoing funds to keep STEAM Co. running and kick off the follow up to #ARTCONNECTS19 - #COLLABORATION20 - the year long festival of Creative Schools, Work and Lives that we will be launching on Jan 1st with a big event week at the end of January, as last year.
  • We are a registered non-profit community interest company and forbidden by law from making a profit or paying dividends
  • We pay full PAYE and corporation tax and our accounts are audited by one of the UK's leading fourth sector accountants Goldwins 75 Maygrove Rd, West Hampstead, London NW6 2EG

Total £9,974

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