Between 2010 & 2018, OOTS developed a programme of community engagement in Stratford-upon-Avon (Primary, Secondary & SEND schools, care homes, dementia cafes) and began the process in Birmingham (care homes) and Worcestershire (schools and care homes) in support of our residencies and regular concert series. Most of this engagement centred on Stratford, resulting in a very loyal and regular audience for our concert series, a strong Friends membership group and the formation of a Dementia Arts Network to enable Arts Organisations to work together in the Town and strong local partnerships.
Our new model of immersive residency (which commenced in September 2018) attempts to learn from this broad experience. It’s not ‘same-old, same-old’, but a recognition that the community around each concert venue has very different needs and that each community responds tenfold when engaged with and participating in the process of creativity. At its core, our vision is to engage each community across age groups, economic and social divide and underpin National thinking on education and wellbeing.
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