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Watch out Leeds – preparations are gathering pace for the start of the Summer School Musical (SSM) 2010!
Last year SSM, delivered by the White Rose Learning Centre, saw young people from Morley work with 3 artists to create a fabulous performance in the space of just one week.
This year the event is raising the bar and joining forces with young people from across the 3 FYT localities to create a performance which will showcase at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds city centre.
SSM is a fantastic platform to build young peoples talent and has been brought to life by the White Rose Learning Team, Derek Fatchett Learning Centre and the BBC Media Centre at Primrose High School.
This inspiring partnership will support the young people as they are put through their creative paces by musician, Danny Gough; visual artist, Naomi Parker and drama facilitator, Claire Bleasdale.
Young people from residential care homes in Leeds are shaping the Find Your Talent programme for Looked After Children across the city. The range of creative interests that young people have shared with us over the past six months reveals their passion for culture and a clear demand for opportunities to develop their creative skills.
All FYT Leeds work in residential care homes is developed in consultation with young people and currently includes keyboard and music lessons; a mini outdoor stage; drama workshops; textile and screen printing; and cultural visits to museums and galleries.
This strand of Looked After Children work is committed to providing cultural opportunities for young people in every Leeds City Council (LCC) care home and is delivered in partnership with LCC’s Out-Of-School Activities team.
Visitors to this blog will be aware that the new Government is making wide ranging cuts. Today we heard that the final year of Find Your Talent is one of the victims of these cuts and affects all ten pathfinders across the country. We are yet to hear the final implications of this on the programmes we have been developing.
We are sorry to share this bad news, especially as with our wide range of project partners we have built some great relationships and delivered real change to young people’s lives.
We are currently working hard to identify what can be salvaged from this and the team is exploring all possibilities to ensure we can deliver as much of the programme as we can. We are trying to work through these issues rapidly and hope to share more information about what we can do and what we can’t.
We will be contacting our project partners directly over the next few days but if there are any specific immediate concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will tell you as much as we know.
Further updates about these funding cuts and how they are affecting the Leeds pathfinder will be posted on the blog as and when we receive the information.
Leeds Find Your Talent Team
Over October half term a group of young people from across Leeds attended a CapeUK consultation workshop at Studio12. The workshop aimed to find out what young people think is important when it comes to providing a high quality arts experience . Their opinions will contribute to Find Your Talent’s on-going quality assurance work.
During the workshop participants created a larger than life 3D collage of the ‘ideal’ artist and the results were captured on stop frame animation. The group created four videos in total – this one describes the kind of knowledge that an artist should have, whilst the others show what young people expect from a practitioner in terms of experience, values and attitudes.
You can view the rest of the animations at: http://www.youtube.com/rawtalentinthemaking
Rock School is a five week course of Jammin’, Recordin’ and Giggin’, specifically designed to give young people the ultimate rock band experience.
Over the 6 session experience, each student will form a new band with people of their own age, learn to play tracks by their favourite artists, write their own original material, record their songs in a professional recording studio and take part in exciting ensemble sessions. At the end of the project a Grand Finale Gig will showcase participants work at a prestigious, national music venue!
Rock School is open to young people between 11 – 16 years (or from school years 6 to 11) and living in West Leeds.
As part of Leeds’ Find Your Talent Programme, Rock School will be hosting (at The Rock And Roll Circus Studios in Armley) a free-to-access five week course, running on Saturdays during the second half of the Autumn Term 2009.
The project will work with young people from West Leeds who have an established interest in music and a desire to improve their skills. Participants do not need to be of a high standard on their chosen instrument, but they must have displayed an enthusiasm and desire to engage with musical activity, either in school, at out of school activities, within their community, or within peer groups.
FollowAlex is Leeds City Council’s innovative marketing campaign to support the aims of Find Your Talent and raise awareness of culture amongst young people in Leeds. The communications initiative combines social media platforms like Facebook and Bebo with traditional advertising media, including billboards, bus interior and exterior, bus stations and radio to promote and support the online activity.
FollowAlex will encourage young people to find out for themselves what is going on in their city, and through peer endorsement, demystify the barrier that the idea of culture can sometimes create.
Join the FollowAlex group on Facebook by following this link here; and keep an eye out for status updates on buses and billboards across Leeds this summer.
Over 300 young people and families participated in the Inner North West Fun Day on 26 May and got involved in a whole host of creative activities including break dancing, DJ/MC, giant dragon making, story telling, drama, robotics and animation.
The event was also a great opportunity for consultation with young people so we set up a FYT Diary Room complete with a large scale map of the area. It meant that participants could give us feedback on the day as well as mapping out the range of activities that are locally on offer.
As part of the consultation we asked young people to tell us about their creative talents and its safe to say that the Inner North West isn’t short of talented drummers, key board players, band members, dancers, singers, artists, performers and collage makers. They also knew that they wanted to see more opportunities for long term, regular, weekend activities.
The Inner NW will be using the evaluation material to develop cultural opportunities for children, young people and their families.
Find Your Talent are working with Leeds Libraries and Morley Literature Festival to involve young people in an event planning process which will form part of the annual Literature festival. The dates for this year’s festival are the 12th – 18th October 2009.
The consultation process started at the beginning of May with young people from across the high schools. This was done through Leeds Libraries and Information Service and the Schools Library Service. Members of the schools’ reading and creative writing groups have been approached to help shape an event for other young people which will go on to form part of the Literature Festival. Watch this space for more details on the outcome of the consultation.