Derby’s Déda has been selected to join the national Start programme run by charity Children And The Arts. The engagement programme aims to tackle inequality by linking organisations and schools to bring arts directly to children most at risk of missing out on a creative and cultural education.
Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning, Clare Limb said, “We are delighted at Déda to be a part of the Start national programme. This will enable us, and our project delivery partner Artcore to engage with targeted schools in Derby, enhancing the social mobility potential of children who take part in the project. We will be able to demonstrate the impact of this through a three year programme which involves seeing, doing and reflecting in and through the arts, framed by an Arts Award journey for each child.”
Running for ten years the Start programme nationally has been shown to improve the aspirations of the young people taking part, improve learning in school and build confidence. During the first year, children will make at least two visits to Déda to see a visual arts exhibition and a performance by a professional dance company. Some of the children will visit the project delivery partner Artcore to see their own work mounted in their gallery and to see the work of professional artists. They will then work with the learning teams from Déda and Artcore in workshops to develop their critical eye and have fun creating their own artistic work, with plenty of opportunity to celebrate their achievements throughout the year.
Children And The Arts was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales with the fundamental belief that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. The charity’s UK wide arts engagement programmes work with children from areas of social and economic disadvantage and builds partnerships between schools and children’s hospices, and local professional cultural venues.
Déda – the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands region, acting as a local, regional and national resource for dance artists and the wider arts community – is among an intake of 16 to the Start programme.