An arts advocacy programme for young people
Croydon Youth Arts Collective
In spring 2015, Croydon Music and Arts partnered with Croydon Youth Arts (Croydon Council) and Fairfield Halls to deliver an extensive consultation with young people aged 12 – 19 that aimed to understand their views on Croydon’s creative provision and opportunities for young people. The study, funded by A New Direction (the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for London), found that young people are engaged with a wealth of opportunities in Croydon but have concerns around affordability and inclusivity. Read the report here.
We are delighted to have been awarded further funding from A New Direction for our Creative Croydon programme, through the Cultural Education Challenge initiative.
At the centre of Creative Croydon is a group of Young Ambassadors: the Croydon Youth Arts Collective (CYAC). CYAC is made up of a diverse and dedicated group of young people who believe that arts and culture enriches lives. Read their mission statement below.
Over the course of the two-year programme, Creative Croydon will work with CYAC and other youth groups to celebrate, platform and advocate for the importance of creative opportunities and talent in Croydon.
In spring 2016, CYAC were supported to design and deliver more youth arts consultations in seven very different settings to get more in-depth findings about young people's barriers to arts participation. Read the report here.
On 29th October 2016 CYAC produced a free day of creative workshops and performances at the Croydon Clocktower. Find out more here.