Excited to Share the Charity Projects' Results for 2017/18 Academic Year.
Art Night London & Vital Arts
Introducing children of East and South London to Contemporary Art
We funded a series of 11 contemporary art workshops specially developed and delivered by artist educator Sam Ayre.
- 6 workshops were delivered for children in the Paediatric department of Royal London Hospital, in partnership with Vital Arts - an art charity of the hospital.
- 5 workshops took place in 3 South London schools and 107 students aged 8-10 years participated.
- The children involved in the South London project recorded a song and staged a performance as part of the Art Night London 2018 festival in July.
- 95% of the children expressed the desire to participate in a such a project again.
- 53% of participating children come from families living on unemployment benefits and would not otherwise engage with the arts.
- The children were introduced to new ideas and techniques, including working with gouache paints, blending colours, thinking about their relationship with the city and nature, equal rights and more.
« Students who earlier in the week were quiet and unengaged were actively taking part and engaged in all of the tasks. This was great to see»
-Teacher, The RLH school
Children & the Arts Charity National Start Programme
Engaging pupils with top contemporary art
- We co-funded a year-long engagement with art for 302 pupils from 6 schools in South London.
- The schools are in areas with low arts engagement.
- Each school enjoyed a series of 3 to 4 in-class workshops and 1 visit to a South London Gallery.
- All activities were developed and delivered by artists educators in collaboration with teachers.
- The teachers received training on how to incorporate arts into the academic curriculum.
- One group of participants are children with special educational needs.
- The end of year was celebrated with an exhibition of children’s art works at South London Gallery. The exhibition was attended by the children’s parents and siblings and was a great family activity.
V&A Museum Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Programme
Delivering multi-sensory museum experience for children with special educational needs and disabilities
- Thanks to our funding 160 students aged 6-16 years from 8 schools explored one of the nation’s largest art collections through multi-sensory interactive sessions.
- The sessions are specifically developed for children with special educational needs . They encourage exploration using a V&A resource box containing a wide range of hands-on objects: musical instruments, fabric, masks, dressing-up clothes, scents and IPads.
- In 2017/18 academic year a total of 9 sessions were delivered.
- 4 sessions took place in the V&A Museum providing an opportunity for the children to visit the famous museum building.
- 3 sessions took place in schools and were delivered by the V&A education specialists.
-The V&A Museum has an open call for the schools to register for the programme.
“The children loved visiting the museum! A great experience overall, the staff were really prepared for the needs of the children.”
- Participating Teacher
Our Children (Дети Наши) Charity ‘Into the Big World’ Programme
Providing Arts and Creative Activities for Children in Safopnovo and Shatalovo Orphanages in Russia
- We have funded 1,804 hours of after-school creative activities for children living in 2 Russian Orphanages.
- The children had access to 4 after-school clubs: Dance, Drama, Marquetry and Animation.
- In total 119 children attended aged 5 to 17-years-old throughout the academic year.
- The children are excluded from other mainstream after-school activities, due to the long distance between the orphanages and the city.
Otakar Kraus Music School for Children with Special Needs
Providing Regular Music Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Twickenham
- Since Spring 2016 we have been funding a provision of music therapy for 8 children with special educational needs and disabilities.
- Our funding allowed the music school to recruit and train a new music therapist who took on children who have been on a waiting list due to a limited capacity of the school.
- The children have different conditions ranging from severe autism to Down syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- We are continuing to work with the school on a long-term basis and provided them with another grant in spring 2017 that will allow even more children to access the therapy.
Integrated Theatre Company and Studio ‘Kroog II’ In Moscow
Providing drama therapy and occupation to children and adults with special needs and mental disabilities
- Since 2017 we have been supporting Kroog II and assisted its organisational growth and development..
- Through drama, dance and art-making, Kroog II provides opportunities for people with complex health conditions to express themselves, learn essential skills and find a calling in life and even an occupation.
- In 2017 we have funded the recruitment and salary of a professional theatre producer and manager who has significantly increased the capacity, productivity and sustainability of the organisation.
- By Summer 2018 Kroog II was able to self-fund the producer’s salary thanks to the increased income.
- In July 2018 we provided another grant to fund the recruitment and 6 months salary of a fundraising director and a manager of a crafts studio - a new social enterprise sub-project of Kroog II.
- Kroog II stages regular plays and concerts, takes part in professional theatre festivals with a mission to de-stigmatise the position of people with mental health disorders.
- Thanks to its increased administrative capacity in 2017 Kroog II launched a ‘School of Special Theatre’ for special educational needs specialists from across Russia.
- Kroog II also runs a “Parents’School”and provides a practical support to parents of children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities.
- In Autumn 2017 Kroog II celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Tate’ Schools and Teachers Programme
Opening up the world-famous museum to children from area with low arts engagement
- In September 2017 we provided a grant to Tate galleries to assist in the delivery of its schools engagement and teachers training programme.
- Thanks to this programme students of different economic and social backgrounds, ages and physical abilities access the galleries and experience being with and learning through art.
- Tate is hosting 282 gallery-based workshops a year, reaching 4,480 children.