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NEW TO MADE IN CORBY?
Made In Corby is an arts programme that aims to involve more local people in high quality arts activities, made with and for the local community. Led by a consortium of local organisations with Groundwork Northamptonshire at the helm, the programme has delivered a varied programme that has both surprised and delighted audiences from Corby and beyond.
The programme was initially awarded funded in 2014 by Arts Council England through the National Lottery following a national survey where Corby was identified as a place of low engagement in the arts. Made In Corby has since been successful in securing continuation funding to deliver a second 3 year programme starting in July 2017 and running until 2020.
The first 3 years of Made In Corby provided opportunities for local people to become involved in a variety of projects as audiences, participants, volunteers, artists and decision makers. From creative taster days in community centres around the borough, to coach trips to see inspiring art elsewhere, Corby people have had a myriad of opportunities to try something new.
Reflecting Corby as a traditional ‘making place’, lots of original new work has also been created, such as: a new song cycle for the town by Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir; No Way Back – a physical theatre production made with local people and Frantic Assembly; Danny Hero, an original new musical which has been licensed and made available to be performed by other groups around the country.
The local community has also worked with Made In Corby to produce fantastic outdoor arts events, such as Field Day Festival on Woodsend Field, Corby In Pictures in Willow Place and Corby Mardi Gras in East Carlton Park, which all received a fantastic response from local families. This summer will also see the installation of brand new public art chosen by the residents of Oakley Vale and Priors Hall Park, giving them a sense of pride and place in their community.
Local groups who find it difficult to access the arts are being actively sought out by Made In Corby and included in activities, such as people experiencing social isolation, poor health or disability. If you would like Made In Corby to visit your group, or if you are interested in opportunities to support their work as a sponsor, please contact Marian Anderson on 01536 267895 or email@example.com
Made In Corby aim to continue to surprise, delight and inspire Corby’s community, and they want to invite you to get involved with new arts opportunities, so if you want to find out about events, volunteering, jobs, apprenticeships and competitions sign up to the newsletter or follow us on facebook and twitter!
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