We currently run an Arts Award programme at the centre, teaching young people skills in Music Production, Digital Art & Illustration, Video Editing & Photography, Comic Book Creation & Animation. What's Arts Award you say? Arts Award are a collection of Nationally Accredited Qualifications in the arts, moderated by Trinity College in London. They range from Level 1 up to Level 3 qualifications with UCAS points. The format teaches young people creative skills in their artform, as well teamwork and leadership skills, budgeting skills, marketing & business skills, not to mention huge boosts in self-confidence!
Arts education is often underfunded in local schools, especially in terms of Music Production and Digital forms of art. It's a shame because now is the best time ever for young people to learn how to become independent artists and musicians, and learn the skills to navigate their own enterprises and businesses. We want to create the next generation of successful music producers, animators, directors, designers, artists, and CEOs - all homegrown in Aston!
Aston is quite well known for being a economically "deprived" area, with youth violence including knife and gun crime on the rise. We want to steer young people on the fringes of school and who are at risk of these issues into a positive direction that not only benefits themselves, but also the Aston area
We've set up the page for 2 reasons:
- One is to raise money for Arts Award costs including young people's Moderation Fees, Toolkits and Portfolio books, Trips to events and also to plan and run their own, and new equipment and tools to expand what artforms the young people have access to.
- Two is to raise money to start a Social Enterprise run by young people. Clothing, merchandise, comic books, music made and sold by young people to go back into the Youth Centre and the Local Community. Asking for donations from the public (which is what we're doing right now!), and writing up and sending funding application forms every other week is all good, but becoming self sustaining is even better!
Hope you've enjoyed this little story (is that what this was?), and please consider donating to our cause!