We’re Sharing Bags of Creativity with Our Region’s Children and Young People this Summer

13th July 2020 - Susie Newton

A new partnership will deliver bags packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to 8000 children and young people across Yorkshire and the Humber.

IVE, the Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, is working with Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) and social services in Bradford, Doncaster, East Riding, Hull, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield and York to deliver Bags of Creativity. The bags are designed to make sure all children and young people can be creative at home by providing everything they need in one place.

The eight Local Cultural Education Partnerships have recruited their own teams of 20 local creative practitioners and organisations each to design activities for Bags of Creativity. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers have given training and mentoring to these local teams to ensure that activities are both tailored to the contents of the bags and engaging for children in each age range. LCEPs are working directly with social services in their local authority to distribute the bags to vulnerable children via trusted adults including social workers and foster carers.

Each area will produce Bags of Creativity for three separate age groups, containing 20 specially designed activity postcards. IVE has curated and supplied age-appropriate materials for the bags which will be identical across the region. For 2-6 year-olds, an orange bag contains vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play. 7-11 year-olds will receive a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression . 12-16 year-olds will receive a navy blue bag with contents including watercolour paints and modelling clay, giving them additional ways to explore their creativity. LazenbyBrown of York designed the Bags of Creativity free of charge.

Verity Clarke, Head of Bridge at IVE said:

“We’re delighted that Local Cultural Education Partnerships, creative practitioners and organisations from across our region have responded so enthusiastically to Bags of Creativity. We’re really excited to be delivering Bags of Creativity in partnership with social services this summer to enhance the cultural sector’s response to COVID-19.”

Bags of Creativity is funded by Partnership Investment from Arts Council England, with match funding and sponsorship from a wide range of partners. These include: West Design; Specialist Crafts; Derwent and Bic, LazenbyBrown, Cosy Direct.

About LCEPs

Arts Council England in partnership with the Department for Education launched The Cultural Education Challenge to improve the alignment of cultural education for young people through Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). In each LCEP, a Bridge Organisation works with schools, the local authority, voluntary and community organisations, Higher Education, Music Education Hubs, and other funders to drive a joined-up arts and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education. LCEPs in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Keep an eye on our Twitter account, @BridgeYorkshire, where we will be sharing the activities local artists designed for the bags, which parents, carers and teachers will be welcome to print and share.

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