About The Project
Working with a select group of artistic specialists, we have created a communitybased project that focuses on ‘Belonging’.
Answering the question, ‘do you feel like you belong in this neighbourhood?’ Starting with a community open day, at the free@last centre, we will use music and food from around the world, to tingle the senses of peoples’ memories of ‘home’.
During this festival of culture, we will invite 10 to 12 families, from different Commonwealth countries, across the continents, to join us on a journey of discovery, exploring
the route they have taken to get where they are now (either generationally growing up in Nechells or newly arrived), around the theme of belonging.
We will explore the truth around people feeling ‘at home’ in Nechells/Birmingham/England/GB. Once these stories havebeen shared and written, we will create a storybook and 2D and 3D pieces of art as representations of the work, to be shared around the community, bringing a greater sense of togetherness and cohesion.
Return On Investment
The main benefit of this product is the impact on community cohesion and bringing different ethnic communities together, whilst exposing some of the serious issues of segregation, racism, distrust, and fear of difference, that we see in our community.
Supporting this project provides many opportunities for your company to engage with world class creatives, local families and other businesses, whilst being part of something exceptionally unique and empowering.
There will be 3 elements to this product, a) the initial around the world event at our centre, b) exploring and recording the family journeys through storytellers, and c) a large-scale community event to creatively share the stories and journeys around Nechells. You will be able to promote your business and practically join with the first and final elements of the
product, should you wish – providing opportunities for your team to engage and be involved.