Arts and Culture – group or individual award
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.
Think Cre8tive is a group that delivers creativity through music to help with mental health in local communities. They deliver a range of projects by working with education and health professionals and can offer practical solutions for a range of settings. They have run an inter-generational project at Hatfeild Court independent living scheme, where parents brought children into the scheme and residents joined in with singing. This created a really good sense of fun and educational benefit for attendees as well as reducing social isolation for the older residents. The group also has a project called "Sing it out Mama", where parents with young babies get together to meet each other and sing together to bring enjoyment and help their children develop new skills.
Rachel is a local artist who went over and above during lockdown to create beautiful murals featuring positive messages on the walls of local businesses in Pontefract for residents to enjoy. Her artwork brought light to residents during the darkest part of the coronavirus outbreak, allowing families to take walks to view all her work. Rachel’s work soon went viral and she received national press coverage, especially for her tributes to NHS keyworkers and Captain Tom Moore. Rachel donated the money she raised to support the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. Her hard work continues to live on, with a trail and map now being created to allow visitors to Pontefract to see all her work and the development of a 2021 calendar featuring her artwork that will be going on sale.
Morgan has made dance and drama accessible and inclusive to all in Featherstone and surrounding areas when she opened Performance Worx when she was just 17. The company brings something new and different to Featherstone to engage children and young people helping to keep them off the streets by giving them a hobby and a place to socialise with new friends. She goes above and beyond to provide opportunities for local children, working with local businesses in Pontefract to provide a scholarship scheme to Performance Worx which sponsored five children providing a year’s free dance classes, two free exams, four free competitions and a show performance to help them develop their skills. Her students often perform at local galas and school events and have really boosted the local community with what they do.
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