Paisley Daily Express
Youngsters can boost their skills with new culture dream team
Academy is created to help those in S1 to S6 flourish
Young people can now gain a recognised arts qualification with the launch of an innovative new Culture Academy.
The brainchild of Create Paisley, the academy brings together four Renfrewshire youth groups to offer young people the opportunity to develop new skills in the arts.
The charity is joining forces with right2dance, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council’s youth services to launch the academy, which will allow students to work towards a bronze Arts Award while honing a host of other life skills.
These include the ability to express themselves through art, to collaborate with others, to develop communication and leadership qualities and to help their friendships flourish.
Create, which has been bolstering young people’s mental health through the arts for years, says the new academy will offer even more than what is available in a typical Create session.
Open to those in S1 to S6, the academy will give young people the chance to try dance with right2dance, visual arts and creative writing with Create Paisley and media with Renfrewshire Council’s youth services.
Alan Clark, project manager at Create Paisley, said the organisation is thrilled to be joining forces with three other organisations passionate about the arts and young people.
He said: “We are excited to be working alongside a range of partners to deliver support for young people through the Culture Academy programme.
“The Culture Academy will give the young people of Renfrewshire opportunities to gain new skills, improve well-being and overcome barriers.”
For its creative writing course, Create will welcome the renowned Imogen Stirling to work with young people, some of whom enjoyed a masterclass with the poet as part of the Paisley Book Festival.
Experts in photography, film editing and vlogging will also work with the young people in the media strand of the academy, while the YMCA’s technology team will give those involved in the visual arts all they need to develop interactive installations.
Siobhan Gray, from Renfrewshire Council’s youth services, said: “We’re looking forward to delivering on the media strand to upskill and introduce media skills to young people.
“We can’t wait to see what the young people produce and showcase at up and coming online summer events.”
YMCA’s stellar reputation for technology will also help the teens to build their interactive art displays.
Darren Gillan, of YMCA Paisley, said: “I look forward to seeing the young people of Renfrewshire build their interactive art displays and use software to create visuals that raise awareness of local community issues”.
Paisley’s right2dance will give young people the opportunity to learn about technique, choreography and performance.
Aileen Palombo, company coordinator, said: “I’m really looking forward to the work towards the Arts Award and I see it as an excellent platform for the participants to learn more about a variety of arts, especially with what we have to offer within the dance strand”.
The Culture Academy, which is supported by the Youth Work Education Recovery Fund, starts on April 8. For more information on the Culture Academy, log on to createpaisley.org.uk/cultureacademy
The Culture Academy will offer young people an exciting opportunity to develop new skills