Curious Minds, has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, announced today. This exciting project, ‘Harris Transformers’, will take place in Preston’s Harris Library and Museum and be led by Lancashire-based arts organisation, Blaze. The project was awarded £10,000 to pave the way for the young people to develop ideas for the larger and more ambitious ‘Re-Imagining the Harris’ scheme.
The ‘Harris Transformers’ is a programme that aims to increase youth engagement with the Harris’ rich heritage in the heart of Preston. It is delivered by Blaze, a youth-led organisation with a strong track record of work across Lancashire developing the next generation of cultural producers, leaders and artists.
Over a three month period, the young people will spend a day a week at the Harris, meeting with curators, historians, architects and designers to learn about the museum’s past, the city’s heritage and the redevelopment plans. They will interpret what they have learned and help to gather the opinions of the public, especially other young people. They will do so by commissioning artists to help them deliver three engagement events in the community.
Derri Burdon CEO, Curious Minds said: “We’re delighted to have won the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this programme of work. Finding creative ways for Lancashire’s young people to be able to influence how their local cultural offer is shaped will help us to ensure all of them will be able to experience the many educational and social benefits that engagement in the arts and culture bring to our lives”
If you are a young person interested in becoming a Harris Transformer you can apply here.