artsNK is a unique team of visual and performing arts specialists that initiates, develops and supports arts projects across the North Kesteven district, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
We provide high quality arts experiences for people to take part and to enjoy. Our purpose is to strengthen and enrich the arts to make a meaningful and valued contribution to the well being of the District and County. We do this by working in villages and communities, providing specialist support and expertise and through long term developmental relationships.
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Talented young people came together to create an evening of fabulous, upbeat entertainment for the whole community this month, with The Bounce, the first event created by the TOTT Young Ambassadors, taking place on Sat 14th March at The Terry O’Toole Theatre. The lively evening featured a variety of acts from young people aged 12 -21, showcasing a selection of art forms including dance, drama and music.
TOTT Young Ambassadors are a group of 14-17 year olds based at The Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham. The group, which is made up of students from North Kesteven School and Robert Pattinson School, have come together with a vision to create their own work and offer more opportunities for young performers in the area.
One of the group members Harriet Berrington-Hughes said:
“We created The Bounce as we felt like there weren’t enough opportunities for young people to perform in our area. As a group we wanted to give under 26s a chance to show off their talent in front of a paying audience – an achievement we’re sure they are all proud of.”
The TOTT Ambassadors are supported by Lincolnshire One Venues Young People’s Programme (LOVYPP). LOV is a network of 10 arts venues from across Lincolnshire (The Terry O’Toole being one of them) who aim to get young people actively involved in their venues as audiences, participants and decision makers.
“The TOTT Ambassadors were in charge of the entire event. They decided what type of event they wanted to put on, auditioned the performers, completed all the paperwork, marketed the event, controlled the budget and were also given the task of running the event on the night. We believe it is vital for young people to have their say in what happens in their local venue so giving them an opportunity to create and run their own event is a great way of doing this.”
Emily Bowman, a project worker for LOVYPP.
The feedback from the audience was great and many were amazed by the talent in their community!
The TOTT Young Ambassadors are always looking for like mined people to get involved, so if you are 12-25, have a passion for the arts, marketing, design, event management or performance then get in touch.
If you want to keep up to date with the TOTT Ambassadors and their events, take a look at their Facebook page or contact them on Twitter at @LOVYPP. For more details on LOV and what they get up to go to www.lincolnshireonevenues.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.