As as a young artist working for a youth led charity, plus living in London which has a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural arts scene — you learn how difficult it is to progress.
So, why is it so difficult to progress?
As Martin Luther King Jr. said ” Our goal is to CREATE a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative in our lives”
This short quote can be easily applied to us as a creative community and help us to reflect on how we function as a COMMUNITY.
Community cohesion is essential in the arts so young people like me can progress. This is why I found the Call To Create (C2C) network refreshing, as it is building collaboration between many organisations that might otherwise not find each other elsewhere and have the space and time to work together. It is pushing igniting passion and bringing organisations together to help create opportunities for young artists.
Last month , I attended a Call To Create meeting, at the Roundhouse, representing I Am Hip Hop Magazine and No Bounds. There was just over 20 of us sat in a circle at the beginning as the meeting began. There were a lot of warm introductions and we found out about a variety of exciting projects and organisations. It was very good to know that the prospect and overall objective of this network was to put young people into the heart of the programme. Being the only teenager there however, I would love to have seen more young people attend as there was a lot of knowledgeable information and exciting projects going on that would be useful to them.
One thing I found out in that meeting was that Roundhouse have an open access ethos which makes their services and resources more accessible locally and internationally. So there was discussion on the ethos of the Roundhouse at one point, and how their ethos is pushing them to try out different things. This network is definitely a great example of this!
Call To Create is a network established by the Roundhouse with over 80 creative organisations around the world involved. It is finding its feet as an established network, and stable foundation from which creative projects and programmes can develop to really support young emerging talent.The network aims to showcase young people in various projects in the Roundhouse and feeding it back into the C2C programme. So you could say it is different positive projects from a similar philosophy. There was a lot of discussion towards the end of the meeting about challenges in participatory project settings and making professional projects inclusive to all young people.
Young people are at the heart of all this from planning the projects to the creative execution. It’s early days for this Call To Create Network but 2015 is set to be a massive year and step forward for all involved in it. Come and join the Call To Create!
Find out more information visiting: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/about-us/call-to-create/