Among Ideal Friends Funding Success 2018

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:28

Among Ideal Friends Funding Success 2018

The Spark Arts for Children are set to receive almost £280,000 of Arts Council funding for a project linking libraries with children and families across the region.

The Spark Arts for Children has been awarded £279,200 to expand Among Ideal Friends, a collaboration with five library services - Leicester, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. It will create and tour high quality, family theatre performances and workshop activities, inspired by books and stories for children aged 5 to 11 years, to 55 local libraries.

The funding allows the continuation and expansion of a popular and successful project and will provide families, schools and communities more opportunities to take part in arts and culture at venues on their doorstep.

In addition to the performances the project will train and support the library service as Artsmark Partners playing an active role in Cultural Education Partnerships locally.

Artsmark is an award for schools and education settings, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. It is awarded by Arts Council England, and provides a framework for schools to plan, develop and evaluate their arts and cultural provision,

Adel Al-Salloum, The Spark Arts for Children Director, said: Libraries are wonderful places that reflect all that is healthy about a community - inclusive, accessible and a champion of ideas.Through the stories of many weare given the permission to imagine our own - to create new possibilities for ourselves in a shared safe place.Arts Councils investment in our collective ambition and approachto making and sharing storieswill enable many more children , families, and schools toexperience the trans-formative powerof theatre in the heart of their neighbourhood, their library.

The money comes from the Arts Council's National Lottery supported Strategic Touring programme, which gives arts and cultural organisations the resources they need to bring great art and culture to more people across the country.

The Spark Arts for Children is also a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England, receiving regular funding totalling £691,464 from 2018-22.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: "Getting young people and their families excited about books and performance, while being involved with their local library is a truly wonderful ambition.

"Libraries are viewed as safe spaces for learning and discovery, and can open doors for children, inspiring them to seek knowledge not only within arts and culture but in every aspect of their life. We are delighted to support this project, which has the potential to make a real difference as it tours communities throughout the East Midlands."

Across the country 14 organisation have been awarded a combined total of £2,024,616. More than £815,000 has been awarded to Midland's organisations in this round of funding.

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