Findhorn Bay Arts are delighted to reveal that 196 young people from across Moray have benefited from creative learning activities through their In The Mix project so far!
In the Mix is their three-year funded CashBack for Creativity project which has been delivering creative activities for young people who are experiencing isolation, are out of work or school, at risk of offending, or who live in rural pockets of deprivation.
Administered by Creative Scotland, the CashBack for Creativity fund redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people across Scotland.
Since the project began at the end of 2017, participants aged between 10-25 years, have had the opportunity to learn in groups and one-to-one sessions. 241 creative sessions have been held across Moray so far using visual arts, filming and photography, graffiti art, digital music making, drumming, dancing, circus skills and more delivered by local creative practitioners.
Working with partner organisations including The Moray Council, Aberlour Youth Point, Quarriers, Who Cares? Scotland and Ray’s Opportunities the programme has recently reported successful engagement and outcome rates.
Participation in the creative learning activities is helping to increase confidence, enabling young people to learn new skills and, where required, supporting some to stay at or return to school, or enter further education. Through the project, 16 young people are undertaking Arts Awards. Awarded by Trinity College London, the awards are a national qualification that build creative and leadership skills.
Over 25 young artists have also had the opportunity for their art to be publicly displayed as part of Culture Day Forres and through the Journeys in the North exhibition in Inverness and Elgin, with plans for it to visit Edinburgh and Glasgow later in the year.
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