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Voluntary Arts: #CreativeChampions Call Out - Get In Touch To Get Connected!

As the pandemic lockdown begins to ease, Voluntary Arts are offering to provide support to '#CreativeChampions' across England as they begin to think about running their activities in person once again. 

If you lead, organise or provide a venue for creative cultural activities that take place regularly in social groups in England then get in touch via this online contact form and help us to identify the skills and resources needed to support your groups creative activity in 2021 and beyond. 

Voluntary Arts
 works to promote and increase active participation in creative cultural activities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This encompasses everything from traditional amateur arts and crafts (singing, drama, dancing, quilting, painting, photography, writing, etc) to digital arts, street art, creative cookery and gardening - from knitting a jumper to playing a guitar, making a short film to arranging flowers, from self-governed constituted amateur arts groups to informal get-togethers and individual everyday creativity - from the 'serious amateur' to the occasional participant.

Our purpose is to celebrate, encourage and champion people expressing themselves creatively in their everyday lives and practising their creativity socially with other people. We plan to run this connection campaign annually so that we can make contact with, and support, new and existing Creative Champions!

Don't forget to complete our online contact form here -  https://bit.ly/AskChampions or follow #CreativeChampions on social media and please do share this call out with your contacts and networks:

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Networking Event

#CreativeNetwork - South West: Crowdfunding For Participatory Arts Groups

Tue, 20/04/2021

On Tuesday 20 April at 11am we are hosting an online Zoom conversation discussing 'how small voluntary, amateur, grassroots participatory arts, creative and cultural groups can use crowdfunding to raise money for future projects and activities'. Our special guest is Tom Shakhli, Head of Project Success at Spacehive.com who will give us some insights and top tips on running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions, share your crowdfunding project ideas and to network.  

This free online event is aimed at people hosting, organising or leading voluntary, amateur, grassroots arts, creative and cultural organisations, groups and projects based in the South West.

Register to attend for FREE on Eventbrite HERE

More about #CreativeNtework - South West

Voluntary Arts
has set up a new online peer support network to connect anyone leading, organising or hosting voluntary, amateur, grassroots participatory creativity in all its forms in the South West region. Creative Network South West's monthly Zoom sessions offer the opportunity to meet and connect with peers from across the region, as well as receive expert advice, support, information and inspiration from guest speakers in each session.

You can also join our dedicated Facebook group here, to share ideas and questions, continue conversations, and share your creativity. This is also a great place to suggest topics for future Creative Network South West (CNSW) sessions, so that we can ensure they are relevant and responsive to the needs of creative leaders in the region. If you do not use Facebook, you are welcome to suggest topics and connect with us by emailing our South West Development Officer, Sally Reay via sally@vaengland.org.uk

 

We aim to meet up once a month on Zoom, focusing on a different topic each time. There is also the potential for us to schedule additional sub-group sessions that are topic-specific, if and when they are needed.

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