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Lichfield projects benefit from arts funding

Projects in Lichfield and the surrounding area are among those to benefit from Staffordshire County Council funding.

Local residents taking part in the workshop

Local residents taking part in the Darwin art workshop

The Arts Grant Scheme, run by Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service benefited around 40 arts-related projects across the county.

The annual initiative – amounting to £22,500 this year – has now all been spent  after a wealth of applications were submitted.

The scheme funds arts related activities and events which benefit the community and helps to make arts accessible to everyone.

And among those successful in their application for funding this year were a project in Lichfield and one involving a Whittington dancer.

Fourteen residents of Lichfield and Burntwood came together to participate in workshops with local and national sculptor Peter Walker. A grant for £600 helped them to design a public piece of art on one of the city’s most significant figures, Erasmus Darwin.

The group comprised a cross section of the community with pupils from The Friary School, Netherstowe  High School, Chase Terrace Technology College and Chasetown High School, mixing with Darwin enthusiasts, members of the Lichfield Society of Arts and Lichfield College students.

In Whittington, dancer Donna Gardner received a grant for £600 to run Egyptian drumming sessions with London drummer Rosie Morris. The workshops taught participants some useful techniques and basic rhythms.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet member for Communities and Culture, said:

“Having access to the arts enriches people’s lives. The Arts Grants Scheme is one way that the county council can support groups and organisations that have the imagination and enthusiasm to take projects out into the local community and involve others.”

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