We are incredibly pleased to announce that along with funding from Granada Foundation and Equity Foundation, Arts Council England will be supporting Art with Heart to deliver a national tour of Secret Diaries.
We are so proud to be able to share this story with communities and young people across the country. Secret Diaries was born out of a need for open, safe and eloquent dialogue around issues of homophobia, family, friendships and coming out. At its heart, it is a story about each and every one of us feeling comfortable in our own skin and finding our own voice.
Through our Secret Diaries educational work, we will be facilitating workshops with young people and with the support of our partners LGBT Youth North West and Educate and Celebrate, we will be offering free teacher training workshops to encourage confidence in safeguarding young LGBT people and to meet their needs through inclusive education and practice.
We are thrilled to be taking this next step as a company and to have the opportunity to work with so many new and diverse audiences and organisations, and to continue working with established and new funders and partners. This funding is a key part of us being able to tour, and we are almost at our target and need to raise a further £2,500, we will be doing this through crowdfunding. We are looking forward to being able to build a community of supporters for Secret Diaries and will be announcing how you can be part of the Secret Diaries team very soon.
Equity Foundation: http://www.equityfoundation.co.uk – The Equity Foundation connects donors and supporters with local causes to help local people to feel proud to call their community “home”. Our model of community investment is different. We believe that great ideas already exist within our communities, and by sharing our commitment and our resources we know that we can achieve far more than if we worked in isolation. We therefore invest support and funding in community groups and charities that work to strengthen and improve neighbourhoods and communities across Trafford, South Manchester and Stockport.
Granada Foundation: www.granadafoundation.org – The Foundation wishes to encourage and promote the study, practice and appreciation of the fine arts, including drawing, architecture and landscape architecture, sculpture, literature, music, opera, drama, cinema, and the methods and means of their dissemination.
Arts Council England: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk – Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
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