Creative Youth Opportunities CIC

November 2022

Creative Youth Opportunities CIC is a social enterprise arts organisation with a passion & focus on community. They work with children & young people (school years 2-13) running regular creative youth sessions and developing arts-based projects in East Durham & Benwell, in Gateshead.

Said Michelle Harland, Founder Director, CEO and artist in residence at Creative Youth Opportunities CIC:
"We use art in all its forms to enrich the lives of children & young people. To address social issues, link people with place and one another and to improve well-being, boost confidence and raise aspirations.
"We want to increase participation in the arts and to make art accessible to all. But most importantly, we want to spread the message of the importance, value and power of art!
"We believe in the power of art - we see it as an essential part of our lives and integral to youth and community work. Art is the tool or vehicle by which we can engage people, level the 'playing field' explore the 'difficult' topics and issues, make sense of the world, share our message and give a voice to people and most of all make our world and our communities, a better place.
"Art brings people together, it shines bright on the darkest of days, it fills hearts with joy and it can bring about real change.
"These cameras will mean our young people have access to equipment that they can actually use themselves. None of our groups would have access to anything like this without this donation".

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