ARTS CHARITIES JOIN FORCES TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PART IN ARTS Cast, Doncaster's flagship theatre and darts (Doncaster Community Arts) will be delivering exciting artistic opportunities for children and young people as part of a newly funded project. Focusing on children who have less access to the arts, darts and Cast will work with EXPECT Youth to connect up local children and young people with arts activities over the next two years. This new youth arts programme will link with Doncaster Music Education Hub, the South Yorkshire Dance Partnership, Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP) and will be influenced by local young people themselves to create new opportunities that have a wide-ranging impact. Helen Jones, Assistant Director for darts 'We’re thrilled to have secured the investment from Arts Council and Expect Youth. It’ll help us, in partnership with Cast, to put on a fantastic range of high quality free creative opportunities for Doncaster Children and Young People. We’re designing the programme with children and young people and have already been getting creative in our Summer sessions. They’ve created an ‘Imaginary Instrument Factory’ using circuit boards and midi wizardry, to design and build fantastical electronic instruments, got hands on in outdoor sculpture workshops, and even created giant glow in the dark drawings. I’m so looking forwards to giving more children and young people the opportunity to share their ideas and take part in a range of amazing experiences.’ Over the next two years Cast, darts and local partners aim to raise the profile of the arts offer for Doncaster children and young people, build on local aspirations and promote physical and mental wellbeing. Peter Norman, Strategic Development Office for Doncaster Youth Alliance comments: 'EXPECT Youth is committed to providing a wide variety of opportunities and activities for young people across the borough. This ambitious project has the potential to help develop the personal skills and aspirations of a large number of young people who may not ordinarily consider becoming involved in an arts project. We know the positive impact such projects can have on the future of individuals, communities and that can only be a good thing for everyone in Doncaster.’ This funding will also support the delivery of nationally recognised arts qualification Arts Award with young people across the borough and will ensure that there is a guaranteed offer of arts experiences available to all 0-19 year-olds living locally. To kick-start this work, families attending DNweekeND (9-10 Sep) will be able to achieve their 'Discover Arts Award'. A limited number of free packs will be available outside Cast during the weekend festival to guide locals on a creative journey around the town to learn new skills and have fun. Just look out for the Arts Award banners to get involved. Head of Participation Sarah Clough comments: 'This new partnership will support a range of us working with young people across the borough to weave the Arts Award into what we do in a meaningful, sustainable and impactful way. I'm hugely looking forward to a more joined up approach to offering high quality arts provision across the borough and by uniting our visions and provision to this offer, they will ensure as many of Doncaster's children and young people benefit and enjoy brilliant arts opportunities' Arts Council England, through Bridge Organisation and Creative Development Agency IVE have invested £50,000 into this transformative two-year programme, with an additional £50,000 matched by the Expect Youth.