Down Your Way – Main Segment Dusted!

Here are some pics:

On the whole it went well, I learnt loads from being involved, what it takes to be a good leader – different ways in getting young people to compose original melodies.
Through the skin of our teeth we managed to bring all elements together; music tech, Wiimotes beats, live singing and band, young and old. Well done Betty, Chivenor primary and the Sound it Out team!!

A few hiccups were, (no project doesn’t have ’em), older people not always wanting to be involved, venue issues, slight racism – Castle Vale maybe regenerated but it will take time for views to change, leadership/direction issues, little apathy with some participants making sessions difficult, and overall performance material could have been longer or developed more.

Learning all the time!



Down Your Way – Castle Vale High

I had a wonderful session working with year seven students from Castle Vale High School last Friday, it was a chance for us all the bond, learn about the project aims and do some rhythm/pulse exercises. I was really impressed with how quickly the students were able to recognise and play different patterns from our sound bank.

We even had time to loop three phrases which were framed by their music teacher and artistic director Dave Howard with some groovy guitar riffs. You can listen here:

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Chatted Up in Castle Vale After a Cool ‘Down Your Way’ Session!

I had a wonderful session working with year 5 students and OAPs from Chivenor House. Our sound bites moved from melodic fragments to a chorus. We just need to tweak the lyrics now. The boys were really into singing – apparently they are not meant to be! Dave – Artistic director of the project has blogged about it too! Glad that this community music project followed my blogging advice 🙂

This afternoon I had arranged to have my keyboard repaired by a Mr.Crump and he asked me to meet him at his previous client’s house – round the corner from where I was working, where I got talking to a chap called Wally. He was really warm, welcoming, friendly, and appeared very excited to have a new guest. Wally shared his life story, pictures, a newspaper cutting of how he fell off a truck into the arms of his wife to be – Rose. I like how open Wally is – his honesty about life and growing old. Wally jokingly said he was on the look out for a wife, and that I’d better be careful… Wife number 4 anyone?



Pics from Down Your Way last Saturday

Here are some pics from last Saturday’s session. We had some Global Xchange volunteers from Morocco participate and it was quite contrasting to the smaller numbers we’ve had in the past. Chris led the session, and recorded sound bites about childhood memories – short phrases were the stimuli for music making and composition. We wrote pieces exploring the feeling of completing a long day at school  – joy, excitement, need I say more!?!

There was lots of translating and merriment had!!



Down Your Way – Saturday’s Sess


(Photos taken by Dave Howard – Artistic Director & Lucy – participant aged 5)

Yesterday’s Open Access session – (basically a music workshop for members of the Castle Vale public to drop in and use sound bites to make music), was loads better. It helped restore my confidence after Thursday’s stompathon!

It went well – we did some names games as there were a few new faces, and then recorded some sounds bites about food we liked to eat in Castle Vale. Then we wrote a song about vegetables – no really! We wrote original lyrics about why they were good for you and described our favourite ones. All directed by the group.

Top veggies were:

1. Broccoli

2. Cauliflower

3. Sprouts

4. Sweet potato

5. Carrots

6. Cucumber

When I asked for feedback at the end – one participant said they liked being able to submit ideas and have them incorporated into the song. It made me smile loads!

I tried to be as laidback and open to suggestion as much as I could in this session, and it proved successful. This was also achievable because the group size was small – 7 and we had gelled quite nicely, I felt that there was a growing sense of trust and confidence. I’ve just been re-reading “Community Music: A Handbook” by Pete Moser and George McKay and I found myself pondering over their mention of the group as a complex animal – possessing a “character that is more than the sum of the individuals in it.”

What’s your (working) group like? If your group were an animal what would it be? I think we were an excitable puppy that was getting used to obeying instructions. Thursday’s music session was the Incredible Hulk – definitely!!



Down Your Way Planning

Today I went to Castle Vale to start planning the ‘Down Your Way’ project with Dave (artistic director), Ian, Nicola (our coordinator) and Chris. It was really nice to be in a space where we could share and trial exercises for our workshops, this was the first time I had completed such an exercise with an arts organisation in a professional (as opposed to training) setting- it is so vital, I had so much fun and learned loads!

I hadn’t been to Castle Vale for years and was amazed at the regeneration that had transformed it from a run down, sometimes intimidating, extensive tower block estate to a friendly, positive, community oriented area. There were lots of green spaces, colourful buildings, most tower blocks knocked down! It was such an impressive transformation!

This project shall help provide a documentary of this remarkable journey, old and young shall come together- converse about the changes and turn some of the sound bites into music. I am working with a primary school and a local sheltered housing tower block for elderly residents.

I brought to the table a couple of exercises enabling Key Stage 2 (primary school students) to confidently turn there sound bites into rhythms. I received some crucial feedback!

The exercises intend to make young people aware of pulse and rhythm and then rhythm in songs and words. In the end, after a fair bout of trial and error and lots of friendly advice, this format appears to be quite suitable;

We are sat in a circle and:

  • we use our feet for the pulse and instruments for rhythms
  • we work in a time signature of 4/4 and 2 bar phrases
  • the first bar is for a set rhythm and the second silent
  • the second bar gradually becomes an improvisational space
  • we use the space to make up our own rhythm
  • easy peasy

Second exercise:

  • we singing a catchy song as a group and then in a round
  • we then dissect it into separate rhythmical phrases
  • each group sings a phrase and the workshop leader orchestrates entry/exits

You can do this with any nursery rhyme. Each group can sing a short phrase-with the same pitch/melodic phrasing but the entry can be on whatever beat of the bar you choose.

Model what I want:

  • use a random phrase like “Digbeth has no trees’
  • get pulse going
  • model how it can be turned into a rhythm and drill
  • then ask group when ready to contribute other ways in which the phrase can be said rhythmically

Cognitive task:

  • split group into smaller ones
  • they chose their favourite phrases
  • using the same technique create rhythms out of the phrases

Sharing time and lots of praise 😉

Here are our ugly mugs:



Down Your Way

I have been invited to work as one of 3 lead artists for a Sound it Out project called ‘Down Your Way’. We’re in the preliminary stages at the moment and will have a planning session this week. I was keen to sign up because of it being an intergenerational heritage and music project. I think it’s important for young and old to be able to interact with one another regularly, especially creatively because both parties have important skills, experiences and perspectives to share.

During this project participants will collect and research the history of Castle Vale and work them into a musical performance of some sort.

One of the tasks I have been set is to create exercises that allow interview material to be turned into melodic ideas. I am pondering over ways to turn words, text and oral history into musical phrases. How can I do this in a fun, engaging manner? Well, I am not sure as of yet, still mind mapping ideas and outlining problems. I shall post my findings.

I also came across an excellent blog by an Ozzie chap lady called ‘G‘. It has some cool resources for any music education practitioners and has inspired me to share more workshop ideas.



Have your say! The Music Igniter Final Round-up session

Today was the final Music Igniter session. It was a chance for everyone to share the projects they had delivered, discuss the processes and whether the guinea-pig test worked; if you put 10 teachers and 10 community musicians together and ask them to work towards creating innovative, fun, successful fun projects- does it work?

The answer was yes- and even more so if there is proper support from the school.

Nearly all the projects had a few issues, be them organisational ones, staffing or equipment related, but regardless of any problems faced, each group was able to get good results and had young people making music and having fun.

It was interesting to observe that after a lot of work had gone into breaking down tribes- after months apart, (most, not all) teachers instinctively sat together and likewise with the music practitioners. I found myself very guilty here! When we first started the course, Phil Mullen (lead trainer) went to great measures to break down these barriers and there were changes for the first couple of months thanks to music making, bonding etc. Old habits die hard.

I love meeting up with musicians working in the education field- there is always so much to learn and share, and it makes me sad that these things don’t happen enough. I wish there were more opportunities…

I really enjoyed seeing the documentation of a special needs project that happened in Stoke- Steve had brilliantly used wii remotes and wired them to Ableton live so that young people with even the most limited of movement could be musical! Impressive!

I learn’t about the future of Creative Partnerships– that the Change School Programme has been launched and will focus on smaller scale projects focuses on creativity:

“The Change Schools programme is one of three new Creative Partnerships School Programmes, which will be launched in 2008. It will enable schools to enter into a 3-year partnership arrangement (1-3 years for schools already involved with Creative Partnerships) that can radically transform the ways in which the school operates, placing creativity at the heart of its ethos and operation”.

I wish all Music Ignitees well with their futures! Best of luck!



Schools

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I work as a piano teacher and music leader.

I teach piano at beginner and intermediate levels. I incorporate classical and popular styles of playing in my classes. I also include basic improvisation; keeping lessons fun, fast paced and insightful.

I deliver workshops that focus on creative ensembles, composition, social media  and music technology. My workshops are bespoke; nearly always tailored to meet the needs of the client.

Work (Click on each title for media)

 St. James Primary School – Respek Vanley Spring & Summer term 2012

I worked with year 5 students at St. James School Handsworth to write music inspired by the photography of Vanley Burke. We explored roots reggae music, and how different reggae ‘riddims’ were used for different functions including voicing injustice. School children wrote original lyrics and melodies inspired by Africa Liberation Day 1977. Holyhead School under the leadership of Sid Peacock and Toni Greham were our backing band, and rehearsed roots reggae riddims the children chose. Together I directed the performance for family and members of the public at the mac arts centre.

Paganel School – Scalectrix Project   Summer term 2011

I delivered social media and music workshops to year 6 primary school students based on the scalectrix project; together we blogged about the developments and composed original soundtracks for the racing day using music technology software.

Hodge Hill School – Birmingham, Spring – Summer term 2010

I worked with students at Hodge Hill to devise original pieces and develop ensemble work. Over 40 students subscribed to the session, (which was a pleasant surprise, as the following year there were only 10 participants, word of mouth from the previous cohort saw a massive jump in numbers). Young people created their own pieces using instruments and voice and developed performance skills.

Paganel Home Project Creative Partnerships Drama & Music Project 2nd – 15th July 2010

I worked with creative practitioner Chris Bishop to raise self-awareness in students at Paganel School. We explored the notion of home and identity as the school wanted the young people to learn about their community and its history. We worked with year 3 and 4 to support work leading to a performance at Weoley Castle during “Home week”.  I lead sessions facilitating young people’s compositional skills using classroom percussion, songwriting. I also directed a live ensemble to accompany the songs and performance, which received great feedback from the school head teacher.

Banded About – Birmingham Jazz –  January ’10 – July ’10

As lead Artist I worked with three primary schools in Handsworth (St. James, Watville and Wilkes Green), facilitating creative ensemble music making working in partnership with teachers. Participants experienced live music performances in the City by each of the partner organisations and gave concerts of their own at some of Birmingham’s most internationally renowned venues. I was responsible for leading all three schools through performances at CBSO centre and Town Hall, I arranged, accompanied and directed participants, facilitating and supporting their music writing skills.

Fast Forward – All Change – October 2009 – March 2010

I worked on a multi-arts project for young people who live in estates managed by Homes for Islington (aged between 13 – 19). Its aims were to develop creative arts skills and engage hard to reach young people. I led sessions on song-writing using music technology; I worked with a group of 14-18 years  helping facilitate the creation of music tracks, lyrics and performance preparation. The youth centre manager noted a change in attitude and an increase in attendance to the centre during this time. The project culminated in a dance, visual arts and music performance piece at Sadler’s Wells Theatre March 2010.

Camden Crossroads – Create Arts – November 2009 – December 2009

I worked as a music technology facilitator to deliver six half-day music technology workshops for 18 young carers between the ages of  11 and 17. Using the theme of Hopes, Dreams and Identity, the young people were encouraged to express their likes/dislikes, their views on the world and their hopes for the future. The music tracks were compiled onto a Young Carers Album, copies of which were presented to each of the participants.

Dazzling Dreams and Nasty Nightmares – Spitalfields Music Apprentice Animateur Scheme July 2009

Dreams and Nightmares was a creative composition project for Year 5 students at Osmani primary school. Exploring a range of themes using dreams and nightmares as stimulus, participants created original compositions inspired by their own dreams, stories and artwork. I led sessions where year 5 students wrote songs, used classroom percussion and toys (suitable noisy toys from home) to create music that represented an element of their subliminal journey. We also used music technology to record sound bytes or words/phrases from their creative work onto an MP3 recorder. I was responsible for post production; piano accompanying and helping to direct the performance.

Merstone School – Solihull Creative Music project June – July 2009

I worked with 10 groups of young people who had profound learning difficulties including autism, physical disabilities, speech impediments and hearing impediments. We worked together to write original songs based on national curriculum subjects/topics studied that term and developed team building skills.

Dreaming with your feet – Spitalfields Music Apprentice Animateur Scheme June 2009

As part of Spitalfields Music’s playing fields project the City of London Sinfonia joined forces with pupils from Halley Primary School to perform their own original compositions alongside well-known orchestral works including Bartok’s Rumanian Dances. I worked with a team of animateurs to help participants devise songs, as well as composing and arranging a song for the school and chamber orchestra. One of my biggest achievements was writing an orchestral score which received a great reception from performers and audience.

Down Your Way – Sound It Out (Birmingham) September ’08 – September ‘09

I worked  as one of 3 lead artists on an exciting intergenerational music and heritage project, where I worked with the elderly (from a local residential home) and primary school students. We worked to devise new music and lyrical ideas inspired by the heritage of Castle Vale – a recently regenerated area. The stimulus for the project was oral history, using interviews and dialogue and turning them into melodic and rhythmic ideas for our final piece. I played piano for the final performance and prepared participants for performance.

Creative Big Band Sessions – (Birmingham Jazz)  December ’08 – April ‘09

I worked with students at Hodge Hill School to compose original songs performed at the CBSO centre. I was also a support artist for their big band sessions.

Respect Music Mentoring Programme -Youth Music (Sound Futures Birmingham) July ’08 – August ‘09

I worked as an adult mentor at College High School in Great Barr Birmingham. I was responsible for providing support and guidance to a group of teenage mentees. I also facilitated the development of their music skills including music technology and songwriting skills. I also worked as a music mentor in a youth inclusion project, in Shard End, working with kids with severe behavioural issues, again using music mentoring to reassess life choices.

Pipe Up – Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) June 2008

I worked as a trainee artist on a project based upon the organ in Coventry Cathedral. We used technology in fun, innovative ways to inspire children and young people to explore music, the arts and their own imagination! We recorded organ and other quirky sounds collected from Coventry cathedral and modified them to make a soundtrack.

Planets Project CBSO Education Arts Champions  May 2008- June 2008

I worked with orchestral member Mark Goodchild from City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as lead artist on a creative project based on Holst’s ‘The Planets’. “Gifted and Talented” music and English students wrote and performed 5 original planet themed compositions.

Creative Big Band Sessions – Birmingham Jazz  March ’08

I worked with students at Hamstead Hall School to create an ensemble that composed original songs to be performed at the CBSO centre. I was also a support musician for the Birmingham Jazz Youth Sessions; advising and supporting young people with their playing, tuning, warming up etc.

Respect Music Mentoring Programme -Youth Music (Sound Futures Birmingham) March ‘07- March ‘08

I worked as an adult mentor to help 6 young people at risk of anti-social behaviour  to develop their social skills through one to one mentoring. I also prepared them for peer mentoring. I used music technology, music theory and performance skills to help young people improve their behaviour in school and home with excellent results, teachers noted behavioural changes in classroom and allowed a student to participate on an away trip for the first time in 2 years.

Beatheadz Project – (Birmingham Looked After Children Education Service) 12-13th Feb ‘08

As project manager, I worked with young people in care to develop confidence, self-esteem and to learn how to compose their own music using Garageband. Young people created tracks in just two morning and were proud of the quality of their work.

Music Project – James Brindley School, Dovedale Campus 31st October- 6th March 2008

I worked with 3 groups of year nine students with varying spectrums of autism to create beats and improve songwriting skills using Garageband and Reason music software.

Gigbeth Festival Music Project – Rookery School 22nd October- 26th October 2007

I worked as a part of a group of 3 lead artists leading a group of 14-18 year olds in Handsworth to create a new work for Gigbeth festival. We used Garageband and practical activities to help participants with their songwriting and performance skills.

Bass Culture Project – Foxford Community Arts School Coventry- 13th September- 20th December 2007

I was project manager and one of four music leaders in ‘Bass Culture’ music project which gave participants a broad historical journey of black and urban music. The workshops were interactive and practical. Participants had the opportunity to develop compositional skills using a variety of practices such as MIDI, notation, improvisation and music software packages. I led sessions using technology and improvised funk jams on instruments exploring scale and chord patterns.

Summer Beats – 610 Youth and Community Centre, Kingstanding 13th- 26th August 2007

I project-managed a 2 week music project at 610 Centre with 2 other music practitioners to lead workshops on black and urban music styles. We composed original songs as a rock band and used Reason and Logic Pro music software for speed garage and hip-hop compositions.

Songwriting Project  -Archbishop Ilsley School April ‘07- July ‘07

I worked with “Gifted and Talented” students to help encourage them to study music at GCSE level. We developed music and creativity skills through use of music technology, composition and performance. The head of music noted an increase in confidence for students that positively effected their music studies and performance.

Music workshops – Perry Beeches Secondary School April ‘07- July ‘07

At that time,  the school did not have a music teacher, so I helped to teach Key Stage 3 music concepts through workshops/lessons each week. I taught year 8 and 9 students the relevance of music in media and about form and structure through song writing.

SS John and Monica RC School April- July 07’

I worked with my old primary school to help teach Key Stage 2 music students exploring and developing listening skills, coordination, controlling sounds through singing and playing, creating and developing musical ideas through composition.

Creativity Through Limitation Flying Start Course Assessed Workshop November 2006

I worked with a group of 15 participants to facilitate their compositional skills by simply using everyday items. We used cardboard, cereal packets, bottles and items in the room to make original compositions. The group learned about basic note values and how to notate them using a graphic notation chart I created. Participants were encouraged to explore the different textures and sounds of their instruments. The workshop ended with a group performance.

Music Improvisation Workshop, Flying Start course Assessed workshop Jan 2007

I facilitated a collaborative workshop with a team of 4 community artists to engage learners with the principals of the water cycle – a Keystage 2 topic. After recapping on the basic principals of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection we split into small groups, and I led a music improvisation exercise. Participants were encouraged to depict the 4 main elements of the water cycle through sound. Using a simple graphic notation chart participants wrote down symbols as a loose reminder for their improvised parts. Through sound participants investigated the sounds, textures and images with noises made from their bodies. The project ended with a performance of their improvisation in front of the group.

Symphony Hall Taster Workshop – C21 Vox 24th April – 29th April ’03

My first job as a community musician entailed working on three-day project working with 12 young people from Birmingham. We were one of the first groups to use the new music technology suite at Symphony Hall. I led songwriting sessions with 5-7 year olds creating original music and lyrics.

 

 

 



Ahh Betty!!

Written by Betty, a participant from Down Your Way project…

‘SOUND IT OUT’ about ‘DOWN YOUR WAY’

‘There’s a big get together of youth and old age
Over at Chivenor House on one of the day’s’
Would maybe be happy thought entered my head
And would do what they told me whatever they said
‘Hello everybody’ came the loud greetings call
‘We are all here to greet you and will be having a ball’

Kids from Chivenor School Mr Jones class
Talked and laughed with us about now and the past
Taped it and kept it for a plan to be made
By the folks from ‘SOUND IT OUT’ about ‘DOWN YOUR WAY
Castle Vale Estate folks who were joining in
Were enjoying themselves and all wore a broad grin
Singing and saying lots from the tape
The kids and us old ones thinking ‘it’s great’

There was Nicola, Dave and sweet Bobby
Helping us out and keeping us jolly
Teaching us lots of jobs we must do
Sticking together like ‘NELSONS VICTORY’ crew
They are the team from ‘SOUND IT OUT’
What a delight and what a great SHOUT

So hope the kids know more about old Castle Vale
And the life the old un’s told them as a tale
No baths no TV no games to play nothing like there is today
So fingers crossed that all are like me
Happy and pleased and delighted to be
All together and making a show
And of course now awake to things we didn’t know

So ‘HIP HIP HIP HOORAY’
And a big thank you from us all
Too Nicola, Dave and sweet Bobby
Who taught us how to re call
The past the present and what it’s all about
And of course how to ‘SOUND IT OUT’………Betty P



New World Order

Well hello there! I hope this pre-summer lushness is sustained, sunshine makes the UK a nicer place. Smiles, and conversations! Woohoo!
I feel it’s time for a lil Bobbie update, things are going well at the moment, one or two hiccups but I am philosophical about them…

• The Spitalfields Music Apprentice Animateur Scheme is going well – about to start a spring project with CLS, lead artist is John Barber – I am excited about the prospect of writing for a chamber orchestra.
• Have devised an end of scheme project with fellow MAASers Tim and Chris called Dreams and Nightmares to be delivered to a lil primary school in Tower Hamlets. Going to use music tech, live music making and dream games.
• Been shadowing internationally renowned music educationalist Paul Griffiths – and have learnt oodles about leading/directing ensembles for creative music making sessions. I am particularly impressed by the grooves and riffs young people created/played, some really talented young musicians. Highlights of the shadowing/observation of music sessions were leading a small group of musicians through a challenging yet funky, 7/8 metre inspired reggae/swing time jazz riff – which was difficult to play – but we did it! As well as a lyric writing session with 3 merry lasses on the theme of “New World Order” in reaction to the G20 meeting that was here last week. The words we made up in a wee while were:

New World Order – (3)
What are the new rules gonna be?
How will they effect me?
Will they benefit my family?
What will it make the generation under me?

What are the new rules gonna be?
How will they effect me?
How comes there was nearly no money?
How can we trust the banks for our security?

Financial flow,
My purse strings grow,
Financial woes,
Anxiety grows.

Repossession,
Great depression,
This world’s lesson,
This recession.

What are the new rules gonna be?
How can afluenza be kept at bay?
Surely there must be a better way?
To aid this money grabbing society?

Who wrote the old rules and will they pay?
For making us suffer,
For taking us nowhere monetarily.

It’s always interesting to watch other people’s workshop delivery style, when I observed the Urban Sounds project co-run by Paul and Sig at Guildhall – they both had varied styles. One was quite wacky/driven and often ballsy, the other gentler, focused and smiley. One thing necessary for leadership skills is inspiration of participants; an ability for them to be always interested in the vision you have for the group. Salesmen skills are a must, you have to encourage your group all the time: when they are tired, struggling with notes, waiting patiently for a section to master their part etc. You need them on your side and excited to continue working with you. It’s all about timing and pace – chopping the session into sections adds variety and spice; vital ingredients – especially for a long day of music making.

• Networking like a hussy, and starting to get more gigs in Lahdan which is great – which has included working for Core Arts – community music in mental health settings. I had a great laugh playing golden oldie hits, and writing songs inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. We randomly picked a page from a collection of short stories I’m reading, chose an interesting phrase and composed a song. The songs were surprisingly happy sounding.
• Enjoying living in London, apart from one lil hiccup which will hopefully go away really soon – ooh mystery! I’ll write a song about it I am sure. Shopping in Birmingham is loads easier though, I often save my non-food shops for the second city, as I can’t be bothered with central – too many people, tourists…
• Excited about composing sections for the Down Your Way end performance – with Dave Howard, artistic director.
• Also have a few creative projects in the pipeline – but won’t announce them until they materialise.
• Have written to my MP about the police’s assault on Ian Tomlinson. Have you?
• I finished The Artist’s Way 12 week course! I really enjoyed it, have my “God jar” – a really sweet idea in my opinion, where I put all my woes and worries, and still do my morning pages, I got better at doing artists dates towards the end of the course – but have been a tad slack of late.

Here is some atonal stuff from the Fusion orchestra – LSO project led by Paul Griffiths:

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What’s the point of community music?

Whilst tucking into some good Nigerian nosh in Dalston, I was encouraged by a good friend to write a blog post advocating community music. I was quite surprised that the information I shared was brand new. So I have listed the impact community music has on society, why it’s not just a group of people playing music, writing songs and going home, oh, no! There’s loads more to it then that!

Community music (arts) projects are vital because they can include some of the following:

• engage with people and involve them deal with demanding and sometimes onerous issues such as discrimination, deprivation and inequality
• gives people who are often subject to social exclusion the opportunity to gain greater levels of self-esteem and seek paths to employment – the Respect mentoring project strives to help young people at risk of anti-social behaviour to reassess their life choices in a non-threatening way
• can help people celebrate achievements; the “Down Your Way” intergenerational project I am helping deliver is celebrating the regeneration of Castle Vale
• consult creatively with local people – creative ways of consulting with the community can engage excluded groups –
• non-threatening path to lifelong learning – engages people disenfranchised with education system
• raise the profile of an area – presents positive image of an area celebrating its uniqueness, community arts can be become good news stories
• develop community capacity – involvement of local people in organisation of community projects develops new skills such as project management and fundraising, which are transferable to other community initiatives
• stimulate cohesion amongst neighbourhoods – brings together group who may have expressed conflict to develop a project, develop skills and work toward a common aim

Nearly all of the projects I have delivered had addressed some of these issues and I feel really privileged to be able to work in a sector that has such a profound impact upon people’s lives.

Information mainly tweaked from Flying Start notes. Thanks Helen!