mac birmingham is honoured to be selected as People’s Postcode Lottery’s charity of the week, commencing Saturday 13 June 2015. Over the last year, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have generously awarded mac £200,000 to continue to offer creative events and activities to local families and young people who face challenging circumstances across Birmingham. Throughout the week (13 - 20 June) mac has planned over 60 free creative taster sessions for visitors to enjoy. Suitable for children, young people adults and families, the classes and events include arts and crafts, well-being and musical activities – all made possible by the funding and support from People’s Postcode Lottery players.
Last year, mac ran a similar event funded by People’s Postcode Lottery, which ran over two days and saw in excess of 10,000 visitors, with 800 participants enjoying the free activities. This year, the event promises to be even bigger and better. Alongside the free taster sessions, which include life drawing, dance, yoga and tabla drumming, visitors will also enjoy artist tutor demonstrations, building tours and performances from mac students, with artist tutors on hand to discuss their courses with the public.
mac’s relationship with the players of People’s Postcode Lottery is now in its second year. During this time and through the funding awarded, mac has strengthened its work with young people who face challenging circumstances. One such project - mac Makes Music, illustrates the breadth of work and diversity of the participants. Working with young offenders, looked after children (living in local authority care), those with learning disabilities and hospital patients, the team offers music sessions, including songwriting and composition on both traditional instruments and digital equipment. This creative outlet enables participants to express themselves in a positive way, increasing their confidence and future aspirations, while gaining an accreditation through Arts Award. With over 300 young people involved in the last year, attending 248 sessions with professional music leaders – some of the young people have now set up their very own group called Switch – they write, produce and perform their own music and regularly rehearse at mac.
Dorothy Wilson, mac Chief Executive and Artistic Director said: ‘With funding from the generous players of People’s Postcode Lottery, mac’s creative offer and mission extends much further with greater impact and resonance. We have already started to see the positive outcomes from this work, including increased participation and accreditation's from the young people involved. We’d like to extend thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.’
See the full Taster Week activities below.
Image: Switch in rehearsal - Courtesy mac makes music
Dorothy Wilson, mac CEO and Artistic Director
‘With funding from the generous players of People’s Postcode Lottery, mac’s creative offer and mission extends much further with greater impact and resonance. We have already started to see the positive outcomes from this work, including increased participation and accreditation's from the young people involved. We’d like to extend thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.’