The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund has awarded over £26,000 in the latest round of grants and bursaries to community groups and individuals across Leeds to develop the aspirations of young people.
Managed by local charity Leeds Community Foundation, the Fund has distributed grants of up to £5,000 to support five fantastic community groups including Dance Zone Action Leeds (DAZL), who are working with inactive young people to improve their emotional wellbeing and resilience via mental health anti-stigma workshops, dance and film.
Other successful projects include:
- DJ School UK, who will provide 13 bursaries for their accredited DJ course, enabling young people with an enthusiasm to pursue
DJingas a career to build relevant skills and learn more about the industry.
- New Wortley Community Association, who are providing free drama sessions to enable young people to develop skills in acting, self-expression, singing and dance. The project will
result ina production at the community centre.
- Shakespeare Schools Foundation, who will host the Shakespeare Schools Festival, working with 10 local schools to make Shakespeare accessible and exciting by running sessions on storytelling, character, voice, ensemble building and staging techniques that promote teamwork and social cohesion.
- Leeds West Indian Carnival, who are transferring skills in carnival arts of costume design and construction to the next generation of children and young people of Caribbean descent.
Stuart Bailey of Leeds West Indian Carnival, said: “The arts can have a significant impact on the aspirations and educational attainment of young people and can be central to widening participation schools, colleges and universities
Supporting young people under the age of 18, the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund also offers bursaries of up to £500 to individuals who, without financial support,
Emma Maguire said: “The arts can provide a whole new world of inspiration for young people. We received some fantastic applications this year
The Fund will re-open for applications in December 2019. For more details about the Fund, or to donate to this great cause, visit: www