CACH Summer School

We are please to announce we have 2 confirmed guest role models, Marcus Joseph, Jazz Saxophonists, Performance Poet, Composer & Music Teacher and Shane Walker England & Leicester Riders Basket Ball player!

 

Past CACH Summer Schools

With the support of a grant of £8,005 from ‘Awards for All: Big Lottery Fund’, we were able to deliver a fun-filled, 2 weeks of visual and expressive arts activities, including Graffiti Art, Street Dance, Performance Poetry, Lyrics and Song Writing activities for 18 children and young people of African and Caribbean Heritage during August 2016.

Over the two weeks, the children enjoyed celebrating their cultural heritage and learning about positive black role models. We watched and discussed inspirational films such as “Remember the Titans’’ starring Denzel Washington.

The Children created art work and learned how to safely use a craft knife to cut out the different shapes of their chosen national flags. They learnt some street dance routines with Leicester’s very own Carnival Queen 2016 Shereene Williams, learning positive body language, communication and performance skills.

At the end of the two weeks, the children were excited to showcase the many new things they had learnt throughout the two weeks.

 

 

They were enthusiastic and worked hard, to write and learn their lyrics and then successfully performed their rap with a microphone in front of a live audience. For many this was a challenging, new and daunting task to begin with, but they all supported one another and did themselves proud by putting on a dance and rap show for the parents, carers, and directors of Iliffe Arts.

The children were also able to record their rap alongside a local DJ, ‘Mista Siyah’, which was also a new and exciting opportunity for them. It was really fulfilling to see how well the children bonded with each other as they learned new skills and how they had grown in confidence during the 2 weeks.

In the middle Saturday of the two weeks we had a stall in the Children’s Village at the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. We provided a free Community Arts Project to raise the profile of Iliffe Arts and to promote the CACH project. Following the theme of the carnival we created a large centre piece from clay which children and parents added to though out the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Overall the CACH Summer School was a great success. It was an excellent learning experience for us and we did achieve our aims to provide the children with opportunities to learn about positive black role models and their individual and collective cultural identity.

Through learning new skills in both visual and performing arts, we watched the children grow in confidence and self belief. We have submitted a grant application to Children in Need to fund the CACH Summer School for the next 3 years. This would enable us to establish ongoing links with the children and their parents/ carers.

Our aspirational long-term aims for the CACH young people include; improved positive communication skills, self-esteem, confidence and becoming resilient against negative stereotypes. They are therefore less likely to display negative behaviours, be mentally ill, excluded from school or NEET. We want them to become positive BME role models/mentors to inspire the next generation.

 

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