Art of the Community is a programme of creative activities and 'mini-festival' events involving schools and their local communities. They are organised through 12 local cluster groups of schools and community organisations that together cover the whole city. In July 2011 there will be Art of the Community events taking place in nine areas of Plymouth, one more than in 2010 . These are currently due to involve 48 schools, 3 Children's Centres and many other partners such as The National Trust,Waterstones Bookshops and Stonehouse Play Association. The events will bring together young people, parents and other members of the community to celebrate where they live through fun-packed creative activities led by experienced professionals. This year the themes underpinning the many art workshops will be inspired by the British Art Show, which is coming to Plymouth in September.
We'll soon be posting the full list of Art of the Community events with dates and times but for now here is a taste of what's to come during the Big Arts Festival:
Estover Art of the Community will be a day of woodland-based creativity in Plymbridge Woods hosted by The National Trust, with local schoolchildren and Early Years creating and performing in this spectacular riverside setting. It will include families from the Aim Higher 'Family Futures' art project, recently run by Barefoot at (and with the support of) Tor Bridge High.
Stonehouse Art of the Community will be held on Pilgrim Primary School's wood-fringed playing field. This event will focus on the very youngest children with an amazing Gruffalo theme. Artists, Stonehouse Play Association Play Rangers and Waterstones Bookshops (Drake Circus) will be providing a whole range of creative activities and surprises, with parents enjoying a finale parade!
Tamarshore Art of the Community will be hosted by Plaistow Hill Infant School, with participants from 8 schools, making it the largest Aof C event this year. We can confirm the date as the 4th of July, so the overall theme will be all things American, including flagmaking, dance and Native American dream catcher making.
HOPES Art of the Community is brand new for 2011 and will take place in the grounds of All Saints Academy, with all the local schools taking part and a tented village of creative practitioners running workshops for young people and parents.
"Adults coming into the class seeing the work being done were shocked and amazed to see what we were achieving and how professional the children's work looked", Artist