THE OPEN DOOR PROJECT
WHAT IS THE OPEN DOOR PROJECT
The Open Door Project is an exciting art project about young people having an open door to opportunities that will improve their outcomes in society.
Throughout 2016 and 20017 The Open Door Project will be engaging directly with thousands of young people aged 13 – 25 encouraging them to express their views about ‘what an Open Door means to them’ through art. The Open Door will also collaborate with family members, plus organisations and services, such as those responsible for children in care. What makes The Open Door unique is that it puts young people in the driving seat to ensures optimal youth engagement. It is about youth, for youth, and driven by youth with the assistance of expert advisors from key sectors such as Dr Doirean Wilson FCIPD, exponent in cultural diversity.
Supporters such as PMB Holdings, Soho Estates, Soho Housing, Shaftesbury Plc, Westminster Council and Middlesex University’s Welcome Foundation have all contributed and made it possible for us to get materials, space, workers, and important resources to finally be able to jump start this important project.
HOW DID THE OPEN DOOR COME ABOUT
Over the years Art Alive Arts Trust (AAAT),formed in 1997 and registered as a charity in 2001, has helped thousands of children, adolescents and young adults find opportunities to realise their potential and find their place in society through the use of art. Lanre Olagoke, the founder of AAAT says that their one overwhelming desire was ‘the opportunity to be heard’ and they found that expressing their views and frustrations through art gave them a sense of self-worth. As such AAAT has always sought to provide a bigger platform for them but has lacked the resources to develop a large scale project. In 2014 Lanre was approached about an employability programme, by Middlesex University’s Welcome Foundation and Consultant, Jessica Meade, to help graduates to gain practical skills in project development and corporate sales and sponsorship. Lanre saw it as an ideal opportunity to build a project that will assist the graduates as well as giving the youth a platform to be heard and as a result The Open Door Project was birthed. The graduates are enthusiastically engaged at different levels of developing the project, acquiring new skills and confidence as they liaise with stakeholders in this exciting and unique initiative.
HOW WILL IT WORK
The Open door will engage discussion and debate on opportunities, around the following themes:
Participating Groups will be inclusive and drawn from Universities, Colleges, Schools, Children’s charities and youth organisations etc.
Various art forms, from dance to painting, ceramics etc will be displayed at exhibitions and online, with an extensive social media campaign. TV, Radio and Press will be engaged as a various activities will be catalogued throughout the year.
• A giant Open Door Sculpture
The mobile sculpture will be created by founder of AAAT and notable artist, Lanre Olagoke, with various recycled products, such as used food and drink cans, plastic containers and other discarded materials. The door will be constructed on a frame allowing it to be ajar. One side of the door will be a replica of 10 Downing Street, symbolic of London’s home of power, whilst the other side will be a striking collage, bursting with colour and vibrancy, symbolising the voice of the youth. The sculpture will initially be situated in Soho Square, in the heart of London’s West End. The unveiling of the sculpture in Soho, which is anticipated to attract huge numbers of spectators, will involve a ribbon cutting ceremony by a youth celebrity, with speeches from prominent individuals and sponsors. The sculpture will be taken around the UK and will be set up in various places until the end of August 2017.
• Guinness world record. We aim to create a record of the largest number of people to walk through an open door, outdoor sculpture and interest will be driven by an extensive social networking campaign, where participants will photograph themselves at and going through the sculpture.
• Children in Care Achievement Awards (CICAA). The concept of CICAA was developed in 2009, supported by David Cameron, Boris Johnson, and a host of notable charities including Barnardos, The Princes Trust, 4Children, YoungMinds, Missing People, Action for Children, BAAF, Coram, Save The Children. The Open Door Project is proud to be able to bring CICAA to life by incorporating it as an important focus of The Open Door. CICAA will celebrate and honour the plight of young people who have triumphed over adversity and demonstrated resilience and excellence creating their own open doors to achievement.
“I am delighted to lend my support to these Awards. They
provide a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of
many unsung young heroes in Britain – people who have
achieved so much in a variety of areas.
Recognising excellence and success in this way will also
help to inspire others to reach the same heights.
I would like to congratulate everyone who is nominated to
receive an Award, and all those who, away from the glare of
publicity, have provided such support, help and encouragement
to these young people to achieve their ambitions…”
Rt Hon David Cameron MP
“Children in care often have incredibly disrupted, chaotic lives.
Therefore, it is vitally important that their outstanding
achievements are recognised and celebrated. These awards
will give children and young people the chance to demonstrate
their ability to overcome adversity, contribute to society and
lead positive and productive lives. I offer my full support and
wish all involved the best of success in the future”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson
• Art Exhibitions will be held throughout the year with CD’s, Videos, post cards, and other tangible items available for sale to contribute to a lasting legacy of The Open Door Project.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
If you would like to work on the Open Door Project please contact: Lanre on 07951519282
For Sponsorship Enquiries please contact Jessica on 07832 116475