The last year has probably been the most demanding and rewarding since I started Create 18 years ago.
Back in March 2020, when the UK went into lockdown, I set to work with the team, thinking, consulting, designing, piloting and safeguarding a new way of delivering our creative arts projects. What I knew was that our participants, many of whom were more isolated than ever, had never needed us more. We simply had to find a way to reach them.
You can read more about Create Live! – the online delivery mechanism we launched just two weeks after that first lockdown – in our full Impact Report. All but two of the projects we delivered this year took place via Create Live!, each painstakingly tailored to our participants’ needs.
What the last year has taught me above all is that our work has never been more important. I feel privileged to lead an organisation that is run by such a dedicated team; whose projects are delivered by such talented professional artists; whose work is funded by committed, flexible organisations and individuals; and whose participants get me out of bed every morning.
Seeing the wonder on the faces of older participants who “meet” friends for the first time in a year – having braved the new technology of Zoom – to join us for a music project, the relaxation of adult carers who take time for themselves to come to our visual art project, the joy of young carers who create a new dance piece with us that they then share with their families, and the fascination of disabled children exploring environmental issues creatively has helped me manage my own lockdown experience.
What more could one need than to be told by a young person: “I’d describe the workshop as one of the best experiences of my life.”
Please consider supporting Create. With your help, we can continue to bring isolated people together to learn, experiment and have fun, helping to create a society that is fairer, more caring, more inclusive and more sustainable for all.
Nicky Goulder, Founding Chief Executive
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