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Community arts organisations

Derbyshire's communities have a number of arts organisations.

Corridor arts is a not for profit artist led organisation with several years experience of project management and community arts. They offer a mentoring service to creatives and artists through their 'peer 2 peer' group meetings and online based 'one to one' mentoring. They organise and deliver Wild Art workshops for adults, children, families and external organisations using either public spaces or  private woodlands. 

First Movement is based at Rowsley and exists to create opportunities for learning disabled people to work together to develop and promote their unique creativity through the arts.

Fleet Arts, Belper, works with people of all ages with a current focus on music development with young people. Other work focuses on visual arts and crafts. Fleet Arts offers projects within Amber Valley and wider in Derbyshire.

High Peak Community Arts  (New Mills) creates opportunities for people to participate in creative arts, and develop their quality of life through self-expression, focussing on people who have least access to the arts: Arts and Health, Youth Arts and Community Initiatives

Junction Arts is a charity delivering participatory arts based in Chesterfield aim is to increase and extend access to high quality arts through inspirational innovative programmes . 

Learning Through Arts is an independent West-Derbyshire based arts organisation specialising in inclusive and innovative creative learning by enabling partnership working e.g. between schools and creative practitioners, developing and managing projects and programmes that suit the particular needs, interests and aims of project groups.  
People Express is based in South Derbyshire. An example of a recent project is 'Famous at Last' - supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the older generation were invited to share their life stories and wisdoms on film; the project aimed to celebrate our elders and expose our ‘saga louts’. What is it to be old? Is 80 the new 70? Is 70 the new 60? Writer Kevin Fegan and professional film makers Film City uncovered the life stories of older people, some of whom have lived through the great depression and the second world war.  This project supported the older people themselves to uncover the significance of their own heritage.The film also includes extracts of old film footage from historical archives, provided by Magic Attic.  Here is a link to the film:

Wash Arts is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Ilkeston, that runs an inclusive programme of events, performances, exhibitions, workshops and other community -led projects using a wide variety of art-forms. Wash Arts recruits freelance artists to facilitate projects developed through consultation with the local community and also manages and coordinates projects and events for other arts organisations.

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