Academy students to inspire the next generation to lead the way through culture

Students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) are working on a project to encourage young people to create and deliver cultural events for their own communities.

Newcastle Borough Council, in partnership with Appetite, have been awarded funding from the Police Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund to deliver the programme.

Year 10 students from the University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) attended a cultural sector training workshop designed for groups and communities across Stoke-on-Trent.

Students are working with Appetite Stoke to create and deliver an exciting cultural event for the Kidsgrove community. Appetite is a Stoke-on-Trent based arts programme, led by the New Vic Theatre that aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas to experience and be inspired by the creative arts.

Appetite will work with students through workshops to explore everything from planning and managing an event to raising funds and marketing. The students will work with experts from across the arts industry to create an event where plans so far include a circus performance, a battle of the bands and food stalls. The event will be held at the Clough Hall Park, this June.

The training programme will be taught through seminars, workshops and presentations from leading cultural professionals, with practical workshops focusing on participant’s own ideas for their events and festivals, plus one-to-one advisory sessions. The idea is that students are self-motivated to create a local event for the community.

The aim of the project is to include music, art, theatre and dance. Students will receive a budget for their event and will also provide great opportunities and experiences for students.

The students have taken their tasks on board with great enthusiasm and commitment and will receive support and training around governance and development; legal matters; strategic planning; programming; project management; marketing; production management; fundraising and evaluation and monitoring.

Year 10 student Jessica said: “This is a great opportunity to show the town what we are made of and how we can organise something exciting for the community. Jessica added “Appetite is a great way for young people to work and bring our community together.”

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