Crime writer Peter Lovesey has endorsed the work of a charity staging a free workshop next month at Chichester’s Oxmarket Centre of Arts.
Artists, youngsters and teachers as well as those with an interest in the arts and culture can take advantage of the event, called How to Bring Arts to Schools, which is hosted by the Sussex Arts Acadamy (SAA).
And Mr Lovesey, who also writes under the name Peter Lear, is backing the project. He said: “As a Sussex writer whose first book was published almost 50 years ago, I was delighted to learn of the variety of ways Sussex Arts Academy is enabling young people at school and college age to enjoy and participate in a wide range of arts.
“The charity enriches Young lives and opens minds to the joys of the creative process, whether it be the written word, dance, drama, fine art or a combination of these. Through sponsorship and strong links with teachers and students it is succeeding in helping many whose needs should never be neglected by a humane society.”
The SAA says the event, on July 4, is an opportunity to hear from artists who are already working with them, and to find out how this registered arts charity supports professional artists working in the community in order to help disadvantaged youngsters participate in the arts.
The SAA team is keen to hear your views about what they should be doing, and to explore how you would like to get involved in supporting young people in West Sussex.
This SAA offering, part of Festival of Chichester’s 2017 programme of events, will include an introduction to the aims of the charity and the arts and cultural projects they support at a drinks reception. There will be a chance to purchase tickets for a raffle in aid of SAA, which promises some fantastic prizes donated by local arts events.
There will then be talks from representatives of two highly successful SAA supported projects: Story Factory Chichester, which helps children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to unleash their imaginations through the art of storytelling; and Stopgap Dance Company, who are integral to this year’s Dance for a Special Generation workshops that are taking place in special schools throughout the county. The evening will culminate with an open forum.