Indigo Arts was set up in 2001 to support the continuation of a music and singing project, and ensure it’s sustainability, and accessibility to all. Alongside this, it aimed to provide a range of professional arts experiences and opportunities across Birmingham, support and advise other community organisations, and ensure access to all with its inclusive ethos.
What is Indigo Arts?
Indigo Arts was founded by a dedicated team of arts and education professionals, and a host of fantastic volunteers and young people. At the time, there was very little arts provision in the town, especially for young people. Indigo’s founder members were people with a great passion for the arts, and a clear understanding of its value to both the individual and the community as a whole.
Indigo Arts began with a singing project for young people, which worked across all abilities, and sought to overcome any barriers to involvement, operating a wholly inclusive policy, which encouraged a mix of individuals from all walks of life. The ethos of inclusiveness has always been central to the project, and members are encouraged to value difference, and acknowledge that every individual has something to offer the whole. It is this approach which has made Indigo Arts the community it is, and helped develop not only skill & talent, but confidence, social interaction, creative thinking, leadership qualities, and community cohesion, using the arts as a vehicle.
Indigo Arts is driven very much by its participants, and projects have developed according to the ideas, interests, and dreams of everyone involved. Its reach has extended to working with older people, with the age range of current members being from 4 years to 80 years old! Currently, Indigo Arts runs 3 regular singing workshops, a performance company, a community choir, and a performing arts group for adults with learning disabilities, as well as one off projects working with other community venues – a number of these involved in promoting local history and bringing it to life.
Indigo Arts is about to launch an open studio art project, a spoken word workshop, and a media project. It is currently developing its Arts Lab, in the local shopping centre in Redditch, as a community arts space, as well as creating Pop Up performance spaces in the centre. It hosts showcases for young performers on a regular basis, helps organise two local music festivals, and offers consultation to the local community, as well as providing performers, and equipment for the events of other community organisations.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
If Indigo Arts were to receive the funding, they would put the money towards the development of the Arts Lab. The Arts Lab will be a permanent base for the group, and the money will help to develop the equipment and resources for the group, improve the studio and performance spaces and, finally, make sure that the Arts Lab can become a hub where the local community can engage with the arts.
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Where can people go to find out more about Indigo Arts?
Cathy Moss, Project Director
Tel: 01527 460 086