Arc seeks to recruit more people to its Culture Buddies programme
Arc are looking to recruit more people aged over 50 to use their passion and experience to help it shape arts and culture in the town, supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Stockport Age Friendly.
Arc, a creative arts organisation based in Stockport, is looking for more recruits to its Culture Buddies and Culture Champions initiative.
Arc acquired the Age Friendly Culture Champions project from SMBC this year, and are looking to recruit more people aged over 50 to use their passion and experience to help it shape arts and culture in the town, supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Stockport Age Friendly.
A new mail art exchange project called Culture Buddies has also started, aiming to connect older and more isolated people with a creative buddy, a volunteer to create shared artwork with. The project is part of the GM Culture Champions Programme, an age-friendly cultural engagement programme for people aged 50 and over, spanning six districts across Greater Manchester, supported by Sector 3.
Arc specialises in public workshops and arts events and arts for wellbeing and community development. It works in and around Stockport from its base at Hat Works in Stockport Town Centre having moved there in November 2019 after 20 years in the heart of Reddish. Arc provides structured programmes of health and wellbeing support for vulnerable adults & young people in Greater Manchester, helping them on a creative journey to increased resilience, confidence and independence, as well as high quality arts exhibitions, projects and workshops accessible to the public.
Arc has successfully moved most of its activities online this year – art lovers can visit its exhibitions virtually, or take part in online training or arts and crafts sessions, including its popular Saturday Art Clubs.
To ensure that Arc is still supporting the most vulnerable and providing opportunities for anyone to increase their wellbeing, connectivity and creativity, they are quickly adapting and continue to engage people, but through channels that are new to the team. It has pivoted most of its offer online or, when permitted, socially distanced for those who are able or more keen to attend physically or they lack digital access.
Annette Naor-Hilton, senior project manager of Arc’s Arts For Wellbeing Programmes said:
“We’ve brought artmaking into people’s homes and enabled them to use it as a tool for their wellbeing. If they are enjoying it, for the first time its participants have more resources at home and more ownership of the process. Being at home means that after sessions they can decide to carry on artmaking if they want to and explore the techniques within their comfort zone, which is a new process for them, and us.”
Jacqui Wood, Arc’s artistic director said:
“We don’t really know what 2021 holds in store for us just yet, but our team will continue to provide arts activities which improve wellbeing in as many ways as we can and learn from the innovative new methods we’ve developed throughout 2020.”
Arts For Wellbeing and Community Programmes
In March, Arc launched its #KeepingUsTogether programme, which enables anyone to engage with arts activities through an accessible email campaign, website and instructions. To date nearly 300 people have signed up for the programme. They have continued to run arts projects via Zoom sessions and by dropping activity packs off at the houses of those who struggle with or don’t have access to the internet.