For an individual or group who have made a contribution to arts and cultural activities with their community. The activity must have made a difference to their neighbourhood or made the arts more accessible. This could include workshops, public art, exhibitions or performances.
During the pandemic, Anna formed Banks Avenue Little Free Library in her front garden, where adults and children could collect donated books to take away and to bring their own unused books to leave for others. Anna has saved hundreds of books from going to the tip by recycling them. It has been very popular with the local community, attracting people of all ages. She has put her artistic flair and imagination into the initiative, working with St Mary’s Community Centre to hold a bookmark design competition for local children. This was promoted by the centre and on social media and the children were delighted to win some prizes for their artwork. While public libraries were closed, Anna’s library proved invaluable in boosting community spirit, mental health and provided welcome diversion from everyday worries and stresses for residents, young and old.
The Pontefract Decoration Squad started as a group to decorate Pontefract for the Tour de Yorkshire. Since then, they have created designs from painting and recycling waste drink bottles to create stunning displays using wire and netting around Pontefract for Remembrance Sunday, Yorkshire Day, VE Day and the Liquorice Festivals. They have also created hand painted banners and flags celebrating Pontefract’s rich history, which took the volunteers hours to make. Working together on the different designs creates a sense of community and all the volunteers get together regularly to discuss ideas and work on each project. They have built up relationships with local businesses to help create and hang their works of art for all to admire around the town centre.
Anne is a tenant at Musgrave Court Independent Living Scheme, with a passion for art and crafts. In her free time, she has delivered several arts and crafts sessions for other residents in the scheme that have been very popular. During the sessions, residents created paper flowers, crochet bags and paper mâché bowls and are now on the lookout for new ideas to try in future sessions. Anne’s sessions brought residents in the scheme together and helped bring a feel-good factor back amongst residents. The social benefits, along with residents learning new skills, has had a positive effect during what has been a difficult 18 months for everyone.
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