The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council of England to help more young people get involved in arts and culture.

Thanks to a grant of around £43,000, the Boys & Girls Clubs are working in partnership with arts organisation Z-Arts to deliver it’s Mix It Up arts carousel across five clubs who are members of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Young people across the five clubs will receive 40-weeks of arts activities between now and March 2021 as a rotating carousel of arts activities visits each of the five clubs. Young people will have the opportunity to express their creativity in a range of art forms such as craft, screen printing, poetry, performance, design, textiles and much more.

Speaking as the programme was launched, Boys & Girls Clubs County Director, Andy Hamill said, “We are extremely thankful to have been awarded this grant by the Arts Council of England. Arts has been an important part of club life for may years and we are keen to support clubs and young people by developing our Mix It Up arts programme and making it available to more young people across our clubs.” He continued, “There are so many creative young people within our clubs and our hope is that many more of them will have the opportunity to express their creativity."

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Art activities get underway at the Sholver Community Centre.

Andy Hamill said that he was really pleased to have the opportunity to work with Z-arts.

“Z-arts are an established, reputable and high-quality arts provider and we are very pleased to be able to work with them and glean their knowledge, understanding and experience in delivering outstanding arts activities to young people in community and club settings.".

As well as enjoying getting involved in a range of arts activities, participants in the Mix It Up arts programme, participants will have the opportunity to complete an Arts Council accredited Arts Award and visit the Z-Arts Centre to watch a professional drama production.

The programme will conclude with a celebration of everything that has been achieved with an exhibition and performance of the art work.



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