We are looking for your ideas to make Manchester a better place to live, work and play
We're making a community mural. Our small team of socially-engaged professional artists will stage open workshops to develop ideas for a mural to be erected on a community building in a local park. We'll work with both vulnerable older people and with young people - from schools and 'uniform groups' - to create the mural. It'll be a 'visual storyboard' that uses local people own stories of the area's rich social history to celebrate the heritage of Gorton in east Manchester. But of course it's much more than that. It's about the social benefits that come from the planning and the making. We'll bring young and old together in this intergenerational project. We'll build personal self-esteem amongst participants who have few opportunities and we'll recreate a collective community pride in an increasingly diverse but often overlooked neighbourhood.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our offered challenging creative activities that encourage innovation and experimentation in a safe and supportive environment to bring local people of all ages together, working as one, increasing understanding of each other and providing an intergenerational understanding of the local area to the existing local communities and its new comers. Our projects work will provide “a sense of pride “, “a sense of place”, break down barriers ,decrease the preconceptions surrounding older people/young people, and provide an opportunity for interactive dialogue between vulnerable older local people ,young people and all aspects of different people within our community . We have gathered and identified individuals, groups we want to engage with in this project. We have built good relationships and informed them of this project which has resulted in a strong response to help link them with other people in the communities where they live, improving the surrounding environment .
Steps to get it done:
We will engage up to 45 local isolated vulnerable people including the 14 group members who are all local residents, and up to 75 young local people ,the wider community, local schools, other groups, up to 2000 people will develop understanding and dialogue through discussion about the needs of local vulnerable people during the continue locally staged displays, outreached workshops the projects work will offer , this will provide a strong example how older and young people working together can create better understanding of each other and improve the environment where they live . Indirectly we aim to reach out and involve the wider community through social media, group blog, website, newsletters to a target audience of 6000.
About the space
Manchester City Council