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South Street Kids' Local Legends

Last Saturday Cad and Laura spent the morning in Maple Park with Aly from Eastern Angles and artist Catalina Carvajal as part of the Local Legends project. They had a fantastic day, meeting some amazing new members of our South Street Kids project, and chalking up their own local legends/legenda on the boards of the park.

young person drawing on wall with chalk
A member of South Street Kids in Maple Park.

We filmed acrobatics, art, dance, conversations and more! We also gathered loads of audio on their thoughts, feelings and experiences for some upcoming artistic and digital projects. You can view just some of this content as part of our South Street Kids Local Legends video:

As part of the project we asked our South Street Kids the following questions about the importance of art and community. They had some really fantastic responses!

Why are community art projects important right now? “Because you can express how you feel, because art is one of the ways you can say how you feel, you can never be wrong. You can get your emotions out. It’s quite relaxing as well” Why do we like having a place to play and be creative? “It’s fun because there’s a community of people who care about each other. They are kind and joyful” Why is community important? “So you don’t feel lonely. So you have someone to talk to and have some fun with”

For the next step of the project Artist Carolina is going to interpret and elevate the work in a colourful paper cut style for a display in the windows of Eastern Angles and our ICM Norwich Road office window too, so keep an eye out!

Their new term will be officially starting next Saturday, focusing on using creative activities to help support and develop resilience and positive mental health. Activities will include a video project on the topic of ‘hope’, and a creative zine making project! Please note: All strictly risk assessed and social distancing and covid secure practice was adhered to at all times. Any young people photographed in closer proximity to beyond 2m are family units.

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