The project aims to increase employability within the creative sector for young disabled people through training, order mentoring and placements within arts organisations.
The funding from Big Lottery will allow us to support young people to develop their skills as artists and producers and enable them to pursue careers in the creative sector. The project will be led by young people via our leadership groups and local schools will be able to input their thoughts via quarterly forum meetings. Over a three year period, we will offer mentoring to young people, which will involve taking part in sessions led by highly experienced professionals. We will also offer flexible placements for young producers within our own office as well as with partner organisations.
DaDaFest Rookies builds on our successful Young DaDaFest programme, which has seen over 2,500 young people participate in a wide variety of different events and projects. This includes being part of our biennial international disability arts festival as well as leading on the development of our annual young people’s events. We have supported several young people who have already made steps into professional careers in the arts. DaDaFest Rookies will allow us to support an increased number of young people to kickstart their arts careers.