Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network

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Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network’s mission is to foster and promote the maintenance, development, knowledge, understanding, practice and appreciation of the arts and to advance art education, primarily for children and young people.

Our organisation was formed in 1995 and the membership is made up of artists, teachers, headteachers, arts education specialists and the young people who participate in our projects. As well as being involved in strategic consultations and research projects, we deliver workshops in dance, poetry, filmmaking, puppetry, drama, visual arts and music making to thousands of children and young people across Waltham Forest and beyond.

Our aims are:

– to use the cultural diversity of London as an inspiration and a resource for arts work in schools and the community

– to promote arts projects and residencies that will appeal to the range of primary, secondary and special schools

– to encourage collaboration between schools including cross-phase activities

– to enable schools to realise the role that arts can play in the school as a way of raising confidence, self esteem and levels of pupil attainment; to celebrate cultural diversity and challenge racism; for enjoyment and recreation.

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Photo credit: Rachel I’Anson commissioned by Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network

Our youth theatre is called Creating a Buzz and has been established for four years.  Creating A Buzz has 40 members across two project groups which meet twice a week in Leyton – every Monday at Norlington School for Boys and every Wednesday at George Mitchell Secondary School Arts Block.   In between terms we organise theatre trips to help develop young people’s knowledge of theatre making.  We aim to create excellent pieces of youth theatre and have regular sharings throughout the year across the borough where they showcase their skills to the community. We believe in making arts accessible for all and involving young people who would never otherwise become involved in theatre.  There is no charge for our youth theatre.

WHAT IT MEANS BEING PART OF THE ELYT NETWORK FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE

Membership of the ELYT Network enables our youth theatre members to meet a diverse range of young people from other youth theatres and enjoy a creative and social experience together.  Through the 5b sharing days and festivals, they benefit from watching and sharing each other’s work and have the opportunity to work with other professional practitioners.  This is an invaluable experience outside their normal youth theatre circle.

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