Arts fund supports ambitions of young people in Leeds
Community groups and individuals across Leeds continue to benefit from Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund grants and bursaries.
The Fund, which was set up in memory of local school teacher Ann Maguire, has raised over £350,000 to develop the aspirations of young people.
Managed by Leeds Community Foundation, the Fund distributed over £17,900 through the latest grant round to inspire confidence of young people through engagement with the arts. The funded projects include:
- Black Health Initiative, who will deliver their #Unsigned project to help young people singing and songwriting skills
- First Story, who will work with a local school to host a weekly creative writing residency, resulting in the production of a professionally produced anthology launch event open to the local community
- Invizible Circle Education, who will work with young people to develop their artistic abilities around poetry, writing, music production, theatre and film, culminating in a live mixed art public performance
- St Mary’s Youth Theatre, who will host 2 weekly workshops focused on dancing, singing and drama for local children. The project provides a safe space to build self-confidence and learn new skills
A total of ten projects were awarded funding, with Elland Silver Youth Band, Garforth Brass Band, Heads Together Productions, Hunslet Club, Opera North and Saturday Music School at Leeds College of Music also receiving grants.
Opening a door to the arts
Seven bursaries were also awarded to talented individuals under 18 years old, to buy dance equipment and attend dance and music classes, who would otherwise struggle to continue to pursue opportunities with the arts.
Emma Maguire, said: “I wish to thank all those who took the time to apply to the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund this year. We have received many deserving applications and the quality and variety of projects was simply amazing. My mum’s legacy lives on through the young people and projects that we have had the privilege to support over these past 4 years and it has been an honour to see the positive effect on young people’s development through arts education that has ensued.”
“These grants allow individuals to follow their dreams”
Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We are proud to manage the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund on behalf of the Maguire family. These grants not only allow individuals to follow their dreams but enable projects to create opportunities for a range of young people that wouldn’t normally have the chance to get involved with the arts.”
Emma Maguire organised the Ann Maguire Gala last September, where over 900 people attended an evening of special performances from The Royal Ballet and people who had received grants from the Fund. The Gala raised over £45,000 to support the ongoing work of the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.
Emma said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who bought tickets and supported the Ann Maguire Gala 2017. A special thank you must go to our sponsors, the Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House, and those businesses in Leeds who were incredibly generous and without whose help a Gala of this scale or success would not have been possible. It is thanks to these donations that we can continue to raise money for the fund and secure its future, so more talented young people can be supported and gain the vital funding they need to do what they love.”
The Maguire Arts Education Fund
The Fund will re-open for applications in December 2018. For more details about the Fund, or to donate to this great cause, visit: www.annmaguire.org