Across the region, cultural organisations, schools and communities have been working to help families in need of additional support through this crisis. These groups have been providing creative materials and inspiration; from lego sets to cress seeds. Using our National Lottery Funding from Arts Council England, we’ve been able help a few of these projects share some kindness and joy.
With our Local Cultural Education Partnerships, 64 Million Artists, and Norfolk Museums we’ve made two creative inspiration packs. The first pack was distributed during May half term by amazing on-the-ground distribution networks to over 7,500 families who might not have access to digital resources. The second pack has been created by 25 local artists and is being delivered ahead of the summer holidays to up to 18,000 families.
Although designed for off-line, you can print at home or in school and share it further. If you use either pack, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share what you’ve done. If you’re distributing creative inspiration packs or arts materials to families, we want to hear from you!
Let’s Make It Merry: Creative Activities from Home
Festival Bridge have joined The Norfolk Creativity Collective this winter to #MakeItMerry, by producing a brand new 32-page booklet of creative challenges for people across Norfolk to do at home. This pack is the next one in the Let’s Create series, and is designed to be fun for all ages – from 2 to 92. The activities can be undertaken by yourself, with other people in your household, or even via Zoom with other friends and family.
Crowdfunding Campaign for Physical Pack Distribution
The Norfolk Creativity Collective has also launched a crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise enough funds to distribute 16,000 activity packs, including the booklet and the basic art materials needed for the challenges (paper, glue etc), to families and individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with their creativity, and who may have limited access to digital and online resources
The packs will be distributed through Food Banks and other community organisations across Norfolk – including in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.
For many of the arts organisations involved in the Collective, this is the next step in a range of outreach projects designed to promote creativity to those who may be digitally or socially isolated during lockdown.
If you can, please consider giving just £5 and help the Collective reach their goal of sharing the joy of creativity with 16,000 households this winter. You can find more about the Crowdfunder here.
The Crowdfunder page will be live for 4 weeks, closing on 21st December. Funds will be collected by Young Norfolk Arts on behalf of the project.