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Art projects boosted by £10,000 funding

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

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ARTS services in East Staffordshire have been handed a £10,000 investment in a bid to boost projects for youngsters in the area.

Arts Connect West Midlands handed the cash to bosses at the Brewhouse, in Union Street, and the arts development service in the area to develop inspiring new arts experiences for children and young people and help them attract new funding.

The money will be spilt into two £5,000 pots, which will be divided between a research and development programme and an arts award scheme.

Andy O’Brien, chief executive of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “This funding is really important to developing our arts workshop programme and creating an offer that engages young people in cultural activity, is inclusive and gives accreditation for future employment.”

The research and development programme funding will be used to build an understanding of what cultural activities young people in Burton are interested in.

This will result in extending the Brewhouse workshop programme by offering a wider range of activities for people aged up to 19.

The arts award programme funding will be used to create arts award sessions for any youngster currently involved in the area’s workshop programmes.

Rob Elkington, director of Arts Connect West Midlands, spoke about the funding.

He said: “We are delighted to be supporting so many innovative organisations that are full of ideas and ambition for their work with children.

“These significant investments across the region will improve quality and increase opportunities for children and young people to be inspired by arts and culture.

“We intend too that our investment will contribute to the successful long-term future of these organisations so they can continue to benefit young people in the long-term.”

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