The Spark Arts for Children are working collaboratively with Leicester's Children, Young People and Family Centres to design and deliver an imaginative residency which supports storytelling and music as a medium to promote self-expression, creativity, confidence and language development among early year's children and their parents/carers.
In Phase 1 of the project, we presented performances of "Curious" in 4 Children's Centres, and the artist delivered a CPD session to the staff.
Phase 2 of Tiny Sparks placed an 'artist in residence' in Children's Centres in two areas of Leicester City: the West (Braunstone and New Parks) and East (Thurnby Lodge and Rowlatts Hill). The artists, through a weekly programme of project activity, developed and delivered a series of workshops aimed predominantly at children aged 2-4 years and their parents/carers.
The West featured acclaimed musician Arun Ghosh and the artist in the East was Theatre Practitioner and Story-teller Manya Beneson. They worked alongside early year's teachers and play workers to develop the weekly offer and in doing so provided the opportunity for peer learning and creative professional development among front line staff.
We are now launching phase 3 of the project, supported by Youth Music. This year Tiny Sparks will link two musicians to children's centres in Braunstone and Thurnby Lodge for an eleven week residency. The residencies will take place from February – May and the musicians will work with up to 200 children and families in each location.
The artists working on Tiny Sparks phase 3:
Arun Ghosh will be returning for the third phase of the project, he is an acclaimed clarinettist, composer, musical director and music educator and will be working with children in the West (Braunstone).
Dave 'Stickman' Higgins is a world class, multi-disciplined drummer and percussionist performing all over the world and will be working with children in the East (Thurnby Lodge).
Tiny Sparks is supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, The Edith Murphy Foundation, The John & Susan Bowers Fund and Open Gate Trust.