The Art Alive Arts Trust (AAAT) was formed in 1997 and registered as a charity in 2001, with the aim of helping children, adolescents and young adults find an opportunity to realise their potential and find their place in society through the use of art. Art Alive founder established Soho Arts Fair and The Big Soho Clean up in 2011 and 2013 which has taking the vision of the founder to a bigger and greater heights. Please also look out for The Open Door in December 2017. This is going to be a phenomenon. The Project is already taken shape.
AAAT employs the therapeutic and educational benefits of art tuition and works primarily with two groups:
- Primary school children with behavioural, and or, learning difficulties and
- Young vulnerable adults- unemployed, at risk of being homeless or even risk of offending.
Our primary goal is to work with these individuals to provide them with lifeskills and to help them secure work placements with arts organisations and other businesses in their community.
The trust’s outreach work brings us into contact with Her Majesty’s Prison service and with schools throughout Greater London and beyond. We previously had a fully functioning art studio in Clapham, south London where painting, ceramics, textiles and furniture-making workshops were held. Now we have relocated to Westminster, based in The Heart of Soho, Greek Street. Here the project is taking a new turn. Art-Alive is engaging young vulnerable adults in the borough in purposeful activity. Since we had The Open Door Project in 2015, we have had over 250 youths come through our door, including Centrepoint on Berwick St, who come in every Fridays to participate in our Open Door Programme.
Art Alive will be running a variety of art-based courses for 18 to 25 year olds in a variety of different centres which provide a suitable environment in which to deliver workshops. All of our courses run for 12 weeks. We also work in schools with young people who have learning difficulties and most of the time, they engage in creative works more than the academic side. Our founder, Lanre Olagoke has been very pro-active, visiting schools, universities, talking to the youths about The Open Door Project… “Local businesses have been our great support. Soho Estates and Shaftesbury Plc have been a pillar for Art-Alive. They have provided accommodation for this huge vision and we hope that this relationship will indeed carry on, till we can find our own two feet” Lanre 2015.
In 2011 – 2016 Art Alive Arts Trust started to set down roots in Soho after we moved to House Of Saint Barnabas Soho Square on a temporary basis in London. It was a year of stability for us, and many thanks must go to the generous donation of Shaftesbury PLC and Soho Estates who have been of great help to us, by providing us with office space and also gallery space. We later moved to Kingly Court where Shaftesbury Plc have been our pillar of strength. They have been providing for our accomodation in the court yard since 2011 till when the court yard was refurblished and we had to move. Soho Estates have now taken up the mantle and now provided a temporary space for our youth to create. Their vision meant that they could see that their generous donation was needed to help keep Art Alive going through the tough economic. Hard work, but some small but significant successes. The Big Soho Clean Up was a huge success and Soho Arts Fair 2014/15/16, and we are even looking at a better year in 2017. Watch out for The Open Door Project. Art Alive has welcomed their new Trustees, Deiana Grant as the Chairperson and also Simone Olagoke and Janet Alison, who are very happy with the wonderful role and support they are offering to the Trust. The Trustees would be moving on soon and make way for younger Trustees all which should be in place by 2017. Find out more about a year in the life of Art Alive.
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