As 2019 comes to an end, I've been taking a look back and reflecting on all the exciting thing we have done this year.
We started the year hosting a series of development sessions for those working in the creative and community sector in Worcester. These Ruckus sessions covered many different topics and we invited some fantastic organisations to share their expertise. The programme included Unconscious Bias with brap, Supporting LGBT+ Young People with mermaids and Codesign in Youth Engagement with Creative Academies Network. It was wonderful getting an insight into all of these important topics and advice about our future practice.
We have continued our work in educating young people about creative careers and opportunites. Throughout the spring and summer, we hosted young people who are completing their Gold Arts Award for a week's placement. They helped contribute to our projects and had the opportunity to develop skills in arts and marketing. They have been wonderfully creative and you can read about Hannah and Tom's experience with us here.
During the summer holidays, we hosted a Summer Media Camp. During these 3 days young people aged 13-19 learned photo skills and worked on building their creative voice. They took some brilliant portrait photos which formed an exhibition in October.
This year also saw the return of Big Dreamers Festival. This year we had 5 days of performances and outdoor arts for young people and families in Worcester. We had fabulous performances from theatre companies from around the UK such as Garlic Theatre and Collar and Cuffs Co. It was wonderful seeing so many people in Worcester enjoying theatre and art. We also ran a 6 month community engagement programme in 3 main areas of the city. Our community arts worker Rebecca visited youth groups, building relationships with the young people and running workshops.
Katherine, our Outreach Officer, has also been delivering drama sessions across Worcestershire for young people with learning disabilities. One of our highlights this year was working with children at Chadsgrove over a term to see them develop in confidence and enjoy drama.
Our team have also taken trips to develop our practice and to learn more about the fabulous things that are happening around the UK. We've been to the Family Arts Conference, The Egg's Incubator showcase and the Imaginate Festival. We hope to do some more travelling in 2020!
2019 has also seen the launch of our new newsletter, Sort Of Nothing Like A Book Club. Each edition has highlighted a topic that is important to a member of our team. We are looking forward to continuing our research next year, and you can read what we've discovered so far in our blog.
We are already busy planning for 2020, and we are really excited for everything the new year will bring.