The Spark Arts for Children celebrates funding success

Posted: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00

The Spark Arts for Children celebrates funding success

The Spark Arts for Children celebrates big funding news as part of Arts Council England National Portfolio announcement.

Leicester based charity, The Spark Arts for Children has a double cause for celebration. The Spark will continue to receive funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for its core work, and also receive additional funding for Vital Spark - a new project looking to shape, influence and transform the landscape of theatre for young audiences with new and diverse work.

The Spark will receive £172,866 per year, over four financial years from 2018 to 2022, an annual increase of £92,000.

The Spark will continue to run its annual Festival and to offer children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and creators of their own art, throughout the year in schools, libraries and community settings.

Additional funding for Vital Spark will enable The Spark to use 15 years of experience alongside Leicester's unique diverse make up to lead the conversation of diversity in the arts for young people, ensuring the quality of difference is celebrated locally, nationally and internationally.

Vital Spark will produce vibrant and diverse new work for children and families that will tour theatres, school halls and other community spaces such as libraries.

The Spark Arts for Children's Director, Adel Al-Salloum said

"Britain is a dynamic and evolving country with young people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, be it cultural, family, education, heritage or ability, representing a truly contemporary Britain. We need to ensure young people are represented, recognised and given role models and The Spark and the city of Leicester are perfectly positioned to make that happen."

Tony Reekie, The Spark Festival Associate Director said

"I believe Spark has the structure and skills to develop art and artists for the benefit of local audiences, but also given its very particular demographic it has the opportunity to reflect the lives and culture of its citizens to potentially create new high quality and diverse approaches to the performing arts that will successfully travel across the world."

David Bell, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said

"I am delighted with the news that The Spark will receive a further four years of funding from Arts Council England. As a registered charity this continued support provides a foundation from which we can continue to build strong partnerships and fundraise further. The additional funding for Vital Spark is recognition of the impact the organisation has on a local, national and international level."

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said

"Opportunities for children and young people to take part in the arts is key to developing the next generation of creative talent and The Spark Arts for Children provides just that. We're delighted to be increasing our investment in their work and it'll be great to see them reach new audiences in venues throughout the Midlands."

Find out more about Arts Council England NPO funding.

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