Paralympic Legacy organisation Together! 2012 CIC has launched the first arts activity programme aimed at people staying at home due to the coronavirus at Together2012.org
The programme includes opportunities to create poetry, music, art, film and dance, and to share the work with Together! 2012 CIC and their audiences. There are also links to films from previous Together! Disability History Month Festivals to watch from home.
Introducing the new programme, Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling explains: “We have always tried to include an online offer for people who can’t attend our free Disabled-led arts events and activities for geographic or health reasons. This programme provides us with an opportunity to reach out to new audiences, whether or not they have a disability or health condition, as we approach the Tokyo Paralympics.
“Many of our regular participants and Team members, including myself, have health needs which mean that we will become increasingly isolated over the next few weeks. We hope that our new online programme will provide everyone spending more time at home with a wide range of creative activities that they can enjoy and share. We will be adding new activities over the coming weeks, including a Guinness World Record attempt, and will also be launching a Gallery where Disabled people and carers will be able to sell their work.”
Together! 2012 CIC is based in the main London 2012 Host Borough of Newham and is led by locally based Disabled artists. The social enterprise runs a free year-round Clubs programme of open-access creative workshops for Disabled people and their companions, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and a free programme of Disabled-led events, exhibitions, screenings and performances, funded by Arts Council England for everyone. In June Together! 2012 CIC was awarded the first East London Community Heroes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Cohesion by Stratford Rotary.