Happiness art for teenagers
Teenagers can sample the arts for free this week.
The two-hour taster session this Wednesday will involve drama games, drumming and a big creative team arts 'make' on a theme of happiness.
We Love Marlborough and Kaya Drums will be leading the session at the former youth centre in St Margaret's Mead, 6.30pm.
The project came together after the loss of the Wiltshire Council Youth Service which saw the closure of the youth centre.
"We were angry after the closure of the youth service. We wanted to do something positive for young people of Marlborough and the surrounding area," said We Love Marlborough's Louisa Davison. "But instead of being miserable we decided on a theme of happiness. We've been delighted at the reaction from people offering to help."
We Love Marlborough is an arts community cooperative who stage free events, particularly for families and young people. The not-for-profit organisation were recently awarded an Arts Council grant for a youth arts project and development of a mystery sculpture trail.
As well as promising to be fun, We Love Marlborough will ask the young people how they like to be creative in readiness for a bigger weekly free-to-take-part project starting in January and leading up to a performance at the International Day of Happiness, 20 March. At this stage, participants will be able to gain a nationally recognised Arts Award.
We Love Marlborough originally applied to the Local Youth Network and Marlborough Area Board for a community youth grant for a six week project culminating in a parade at Marlborough Christmas Lights switch-on. Unfortunately the Christmas Lights Committee voted against the inclusion of the parade and so the grant was deferred.
In response, We Love Marlborough reapplied, and the application was again approved by the Local Youth Network. The group are awaiting the Area Board's final decision at the next meeting, Tuesday 24 November, 7pm at Marlborough town hall.
"Please come and support our application at the Area Board's meeting," asks Louisa Davison. "We already have some funding from the Arts Council but we need the community youth grant to go ahead with the 10 week arts project next year."
The Happiness Arts taster session is 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Wednesday 18 November, former youth centre at St Margaret's Mead, Marlborough. It is free to take part - just turn up - and is open to 13-19 year olds or up to 25 for young people with disabilities.