Founded in 2013 by comedian Josie Long and campaigner Neil Griffiths, those in culture, media, academia may be interested in helping marginalised young people directly (with contacts, advice, opportunity) by supporting the charity Arts Emergency.
Arts Emergency was founded as a way to do something meaningful for the young people most affected by rising tuition fees and cuts to the arts. From a grassroots project in Hackney with eight students and a handful of volunteers, it’s now a community of 7000 professionals from the creative and cultural industries, who have pledged to pass on opportunities and support to less privileged young people.
Their work is funded almost entirely by members of the public, a fact central to their mission and identity which the team feel means that Arts Emergency is a genuinely public movement for arts and culture. Since Arts Emergency re-registered as a charity in 2013, they have provided expert mentors, work experience and free cultural activities to over 550 young people, with the vast majority going on to higher education, apprenticeships and employment in the cultural sector.
The organisation currently work in London, Greater Manchester and Thanet in Kent but plan to sustainably expand our work across the country.
“We’re doing something that’s never been done before, we now need support to do it everywhere!”, they say.
“Join our community of people who value education, creativity, generosity and most importantly fairness. Become part of something magical, unique and life changing for young people really struggling to make the break through.”