Aimhigher in the Arts Summer School (August 2005)
From 31st July – 6th August 2005, Activate, inpartnershipwitBournemouth Univ
ersity ran an arts summer school, delivering dance, theatre and music to young people from schools across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
Aimhigher in the Arts summer school 2005
The Summer School was hosted by Lighthouse (Poole 's Centre for the Arts) and Bournemouth University. Other partners included Dance South West, Wave Arts Education Agency, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Arts Institute Bournemouth, Dorset LEA, DepArture Arts Education Agency, Bournemouth and Poole College and Weymouth College.
The purpose of the Summer School was to introduce the creative and technical aspects of performing arts disciplines to young people who are interested in and enthusiastic about meeting new challenges. In addition to this, it encouraged participants to think about learning paths in Further and Higher Education in their specific area of interest. The tutors have a reputation for delivering high quality work to and with young people at a national level:
- Dance - Bawren Tavaziva - leading contemporary African dancer/choreographer
- Theatre - The People Show - multi-disciplinary/multi-media theatre company
- Music - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Sammy Hurden and Chas Dickie
- Creative Producer - Debbie Fionn Barr - Associate Artist for Dorset
60 young people from over 20 schools across Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole and Somerset took part, and 6 placements from FE/HE to shadow the artist/tutors. The Summer School was residential, with accommodation at Talbot Village, Bournemouth University . There was a programme of social activities for the evenings for participants to chill-out, get to know each other and have some fun. Student mentors were on hand throughout the Summer School to assist tutors, to look after the pastoral care of the participants and offer advice on studying at FE and HE levels. On the final night of the Summer School, participants and tutors shared the stage at Lighthouse in a celebratory performance - 'Journeys'.
Opportunities and Choices (Autumn 2004 - June 2005)
Activate, in partnership with Dorset County Council and Live Music Now - South West led this project working with Dance Practitioner Amanda Fogg in day centres and residential homes.
The project worked with older people who use day and residential care services and centre staff. The project offered opportunities to gain new skills and be stimulated by new ideas which, in turn, can be utilised by carers and staff in other areas of their work.
The activities aimed to provide individuals with increased self confidence whilst introducing skill building and educational developments. It also aimed to improve social mobility and contact and increase decision making. Benefits for carers and staff were stimulation, learning new skills, encouraging personal achievement as well as fulfilling aspirations and needs.
The project kicked off last year with Live Music Now - South West delivering music concerts to service users in care centres and training days for the staff. Activate focused their delivery on offering a programme of 13 dance and movement workshops to service users at Christchurch Day Centre in Highcliffe. This builds on work previously started at the centre a few years ago and is being lead by practitioner Amanda Fogg. A short video has been made at the centre for promoting the use of dance with service users and by service providers. Following regular sessions at Christchurch Day Centre, Amanda offered taster sessions to other centres throughout the county and training days for staff.