Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Arts Award

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Last week I went to another meeting for Juice Festival 2014 where we talked about what roles we would each like to play in the planning and delivering of the festival and our Arts Award. For those of you who don't know, Arts Award is a program which enables young people to develop leadership skills, creativity and access to the arts.

I'm doing my Silver Arts Award, part of this is "Arts Leadership", as a writer I've always wanted to lead a writing workshop and Arts Award is giving me the opportunity to give this a go. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have an interest in mental health and creativity; I believe in creative expression as a form of mental healing and a way unburden the mind. I also think that the best writing workshops follow a peer-lead attitude, there is nothing worse than sitting in a workshop that is like a school lesson where the "leader" doesn't participate in their own activities/exercises, for this reason I see my Arts Leadership project taking more of a facilitation role.

Currently, I would like to the focus of the workshop to be stream of consciousness writing but first I need to do a lot of reading around this area. I'm a fan of it myself, if I can't sleep I like to write my little mind away but for the purpose of the workshop I'd like to be able to read through work of writers such as Plath, Woolf and Kerouac. Hopefully we will be able to end the workshop by making a zine of our work so everyone has something to show for the day.

For now though, I'm off to do some reading.

Hannah x

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