Imaginative Neighbourhoods was a two year project that placed artists in residence within a library to support storytelling as a medium to promote reading for pleasure and language development. Our artists worked together with librarians and the community to bring stories to life, encouraging families and children to become activity involved in the arts and culture at the heart of their community.
In the final year of the project we worked with Artists Owen Craven-Griffiths, Parmjit Sagoo and Dave "Stickman" Higgins who developed a year-round programme of events and community engagement programmes in Belgrave and Beaumont Leys, Leicester.
For me the most valuable skills the children gained form the process were learning about their own different faiths and cultures. Learning is also drama role play and can be very creative and children can express themselves in lots of different ways.
Get an idea of the activities that happened in each neighbourhood:
Facebook: Owen and David at Beaumont Leys
Facebook: Parmjit and David at Belgrave