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We are crowdfunding to establish a permanent place to deliver our creative education programmes for disadvantaged youth in Margate. Our projects foster a collaborative, cultural exchange between creative practitioners and disadvantaged youth. By doing so, we build self confidence, provide pathways to continued education and increase employability. Situated in the heart of Cliftonville, xChange Studios is ideally located in the community we work with and will provide opportunities to run a range of community driven projects as well as our core programmes. The space will consist of six studios including a professional recording studio, video editing suite and multi-purpose art rooms as well as an office and a project/exhibition space. By pledging to our campaign you will also become part of our vision and we invite all donors to visit our studios to see the impact of our projects first hand. We will also commemorate our top 10 donations on a plaque to be displayed in the building.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Margate has been transformed in recent years into a culturally vibrant town. An influx of creative residents and local investment in the arts, including the opening of Turner Contemporary and Dreamland have put this seaside town back on the map. Unfortunately, Margate is still one of the most deprived towns in the UK. Youth unemployment and crime rates and anti-social behaviour are high and civic pride remains negatively affected. Our mission is to bring these two worlds together through creative education. We work in partnership with schools, youth centres, universities, galleries and local artists and musicians to deliver high quality arts programmes for young people who experience hardship or cannot access education or employment. It is a great idea because it: -provides education and training for disadvantaged youth -brings together all groups in our community -brings an empty building in to community use -fosters a culture of collaboration between artists and young people
Steps to get it done:
The building is currently disused but with your help we will transform it into a vibrant space for the community. Once a residential house, the building was converted into offices over 30 years ago and has seen little change since. We want to breath life back into the space and realise its potential. Arts Education Exchange was formed by Oliver Briggs in 2017 to develop effective methods of youth engagement through the arts. Given the urgent need for youth provision in our community and the continuing strain on public services, our organisation is determined to work with our partners to reverse this trend and provide the best opportunities for the young people in our community. Our programmes are funded by Arts Council England and KaMCOP (UCA) these partnerships will be essential in continuing to realise our goals. Our campaign is is coordinated by the founder of Arts Education Exchange CIC, Oliver Briggs and Chris Romer-Lee of architects and serial crowdfunders Studio Octopi.
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We warmly invite you to join us on the 23rd May from 6pm to celebrate the launch of xChange Studios, a creative space for young people to learn and socialise. With your help we have transformed an old shop into a recording studio and art workshop space. We would love to see you there to show you what we have built together. We will also be exhibiting work by participants of our projects. If you are able to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you! Team AEE
Dear all, Sorry for the quiet spell, things have been really busy! We're so excited to report that our recording studio is up and running and we have started to use our ground floor studio too! What a journey! We still have some decorating to do and sort out our shop sign but ultimately we have done what we set out to do and we are so pleased with the results! We have had some very positive reports from the young people coming through each week and can't wait to show you more. We will shortly be sending out a date for an open day, a chance for the community to pop in, see the facilities and have a chat about our plans. We hope some of you can make it! Thank you as always for your support. Team AEE
Dear supporters, Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support throughout 2018. It has been a busy year! We’ve launched 3 new projects, become a registered charity with 3 amazing trustees and finally we can announce that we have secured a long term lease on our new premises! It has been 8 months since our crowdfunding campaign began so we are thrilled to have the keys to our new home on Northdown Road, Margate…at last! We began this journey to set up a space for young people to explore their identity and creativity and to expand our provision in an area where young people face huge challenges and disadvantage. Thanks to many of you, we raised £37,000 to do just that. Between now and the end of February we will be carrying out our refurbishments, including the installation of our recording studio and will be updating you all with our progress. We can’t wait to invite you all to our launch party! Thank you again! Ollie
Dear all, I hope you are all well. Apologies for the recent quiet in the ArtsEdEx camp, it has been an extremely busy few months! As you know we have had some set backs but we have been working really hard to secure the right premises to set up our studios in and I whole heartedly believe we have found that place. We are now in the process of finalising the lease terms and I hope to share all the details with you once those papers are signed!! Thank you for your patience and I can't wait to tell you more!! All the best, Ollie
Dear supporters, After 3 long months of campaigning we did it! We raised £37,184 to set up a centre of creative education for young people in Thanet! I am blown away! Thank you for all your support and generosity, without you this project wouldn’t be possible. We will be in touch very soon to give you more details and ways of following our story. We would also like to invite you to visit us when we are up and running! Huge thanks, Ollie x
Dear supporters, Tomorrow is the last day of our campaign and we want to thank you for all your support so far. We need one last push to get us closer to that finish line so if you could fire out one last tweet or FB post, we'd be really grateful. We'll be in touch shortly after the campaign ends :) Ollie