Arts and Change Youthquake

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Arts and Change Youthquake

Arts and Change Youthquake

Creating Change By Creating Change

This project will support three youth teams, aged 15-25, to design and deliver their own creative project that will lead to positive social change in their own community.

Mile End Idea stage

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This project works on the basis that young people have great ideas about how to make the world a better, kinder, fairer place, but lack the confidence, resources and networks to make them a reality. At the same time, the community is rich in organisations and people who have the skills, experience, resources and networks to help. Creating Change, working in collaboration with the Young Arts Kommunity (YAK) group at Firstsite Gallery Colchester, will provide a programme of creative workshops, supported by a wide pool of community mentors. These will support three young teams to design and deliver a creative project that will make the kind of changes they would like to see in their own community. These projects will be showcased at a sharing event at Firstsite in September 2018. The ethos is all about giving young people a sense of agency. They will learn how to lead their own community project, create a platform for their voice, and build great networks along the way.

What we'll deliver:

  • A programme of arts and social change workshops for local young people
  • 3 projects designed by young people that will positively impact their community
  • A showcase event open to the whole community showing what our young people can do

Why it's a great idea:

Young people in the area have told us they are hacked off about many things: endless testing and rote-learning in school; sexism; the pressure to conform to a certain body type; being ‘put in a box’ and labelled because of physical disability or mental health problems, the destruction of the environment... They’ve also told us how important it is to them to have opportunities to express themselves creatively, whether through film, digital media, rapping, or fashion. By bringing together teams of young people who can combine creative energy, an activist spirit, and lived experience, we know that this programme will produce three amazing project ideas. All the teams will be sent out and about during the project planning stage to get feedback from the people in the community they aim to benefit. They’ll also get regular mentoring from a pool of local community organisers, activists, artists and social entrepreneurs, helping them deliver creative projects of the highest quality.

Steps to get it done:

  • Recruit participants for our launch event
  • Deliver programme of six creative workshops and mentoring sessions in July/August
  • Support to successful completion three youth team projects in the community
  • Promote and deliver final sharing event

This pilot project has the potential to grow and foster ongoing, sustainable change. Our showcase event will invite ‘key-note listeners’ (rather than key-note speakers), who will be local influencers and change-makers who cam amplify the voice of the young people. It will also invite key community groups and social entrepreneurs who can offer the young people further opportunities to get involved in change-making projects in the community. Last but not least, we’re confident that once these young people discover their agency and voice they’ll be no stopping them. In the words of one of our youth steering group - “it’s mental, but really exciting”.,

Location Mile End

About the space

Colchester and srriunding area


Colchester Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £1,327

Use of venue for all 8 events and workshops - £480 (36%)
Three project funds of £150 for each youth team - £450 (34%)
Cost of prof facilitator for launch event - £115 (9%)
Cost of refreshments for showcase event - £100 (8%)
Refreshments for launch event - £100 (8%)
Other - £82 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Use of venue for all 8 events and workshops
Three project funds of £150 for each youth team
Cost of prof facilitator for launch event
Cost of refreshments for showcase event
Refreshments for launch event
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £1,327

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