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The gift of great art for kids in care

  • Date: 17 December 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Plus One - A gift to inspire

Plus One - A gift to inspire.

Arts organisations in Derby have joined forces with children’s charity Barnardo’s to give children in care the gift of great art this Christmas.

Five of Derby’s major arts venues are offering customers the opportunity to donate tickets to children in care as part of the newly launched Plus One – A Gift to Inspire scheme.

Customers booking tickets at Derby Theatre, Déda, Derby LIVE, QUAD and Sinfonia Viva will be given the option to share their love of theatre, music and film by donating tickets for a child in care to see a production, performance or film over the festive season.

Working closely with Barnardo’s and other expert partners, including Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, these donated tickets will be gifted to children in care homes and foster families throughout Derby and Derbyshire.

For some young people and children this might be the first time they are able to experience and enjoy art of this kind with their carer or foster family. 

By giving the gift of a ticket this Christmas, the Plus One scheme aims to introduce children in care to great art and culture and inspire an on-going interest.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Arts Council England’s aim is for everyone to enjoy great art and Plus One is a creative way for arts organisations to work in partnership to achieve this.

“I hope that when booking tickets people take the opportunity to share the experience of seeing the exciting work being produced by Derby Theatre, Déda, Derby LIVE, QUAD and Sinfonia Viva, with children who might not otherwise have the chance to see or enjoy it.”

The Plus One scheme is being backed by The Mighty Creatives’ Innovation Investment programme.

As part of their role as Arts Council England’s East Midlands Bridge organisation, The Mighty Creatives stimulate and encourage arts and cultural organisations to experiment with new and creative ways to increase the reach and impact of high quality arts and cultural activities for children and young people in the East Midlands.

Richard Clark, Chief Executive, The Mighty Creatives, said: “The Mighty Creatives is dedicated to being a source of innovation in young lives.

"Through our work as a Bridge organisation for Arts Council England, we are using our passion for culture to find new ways to involve children and young people in the arts - particularly those that might not have the opportunity to take part.

“It is also important that we find powerful new ways of funding the arts, so that more children and young people have a rich and rewarding cultural life. The sector needs to adapt its business if it is to be sustainable and future proof. 

“We see the Innovation Investments as one way in which to motivate arts organisations to experiment with different ways of working.  We are delighted to be investing in the Plus One scheme and congratulate all of the partners for their creativity and innovation.”