Creative Communities is Villages in Action's Participation and Community Development Project. We facilitate community development through the arts, promoting creative activities for people in the heart of rural communities in Devon.
Young Promoters Scheme
A pilot project took place last year to encourage young people to learn about how to plan and organise a Villages in Action show in their school. Two schools took part in the pilot scheme - Ivybridge Community College and Axe Valley college. They each promoted the show A Countryboy's Struggle - an exciting hip-hop, theatre piece. Hopefully, this project will be the start of their career as young promoters!
For 2013, we are hoping to find four more schools that would like to join the scheme. Young promoter teams in each school will learn all there is to know about being a promoter supported by fun training sessions from Villages in Action. They can learn about promotion and marketing, about putting on a show, looking after your artists and audience and how to run the show on the night. It is also an opportunity to raise funds for the school with the same financial deal as our village promoters - a small guarantee fee followed by a percentage split of the box office takings.
Kate is currently looking for schools to be part of the scheme, contact her for details. Call 01363 773660 or email email@example.com
Working in Mid Devon with older people in our village communities, Threads is an art and health project that builds on the success of the Devon Reach project providing opportunities for older people to share positive images of themselves within their communities. Participants from three villages - Bradninch, Hemyock and Colebrook - have taken part working with feltmaker artists who have helped participants to create beautiful hangings in their villages about their life achievements. The final project is currently underway in Bow with villagers from Cheriton Bishop joining in too.
Exhibitions in Village Halls
We are currently working in partnership with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen to facilitate exhibitions in village halls for two artists - Priscilla Trenchard and Anita Reynolds. Exhibitions from these two fabulous artists will tour to Farringdon, Lympstone, South Zeal and South Brent in the coming year. Check the events page for details.