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IMPs Shine Award

 

On Tuesday 23rd February our fabulous York IMPs apprentices attended the Shine Awards and received awards for being 'Young people who have contributed to make a huge difference in the Arts' from the Lord Mayor, Councillor Sonja Crisp. The Shine awards celebrate the amazing achievements of young people in York and this year the awards ceremony took place at Door 84. The IMPs apprentices were nominated for the extraordinary amount of time and effort they give to the project, and for being such great role models for young people of all abilities.

Within our weekly IMPs sessions the apprentices help to lead warm ups, songs and activities, and support other IMPs members with signs, lyrics, and using instruments and music technology. They also help deliver workshops in schools and youth groups, where they work alongside our professional music leaders to plan and deliver the sessions. Within the workshops they lead warm-ups and music-making activities, and help the music leaders to teach signs and songs. In everything they do they convey an infectious enthusiasm and they show real professionalism in the way they plan and lead activities.

Time and again they’ve shown that they’re fantastic at inspiring and supporting their peers, at developing their own skills and confidence and at showcasing what young disabled people are capable of achieving. They’re fantastic ambassadors for inclusion, showing that we’re all capable of achieving incredible things when we work, play, learn and celebrate together as equals. We know we’re biased, but we think they’re amazing and very much deserve this award!

We'd like to say a big thank you to Shine, to the Lord Mayor, to all of the young people from Door 84 who organised the event, to York City Football Club Foundation who sponsored it, and to the talented young musicians from the Jam Factory who wowed us with some beautiful live music on the night. We were all really inspired seeing the talent, hard work and enthusiasm of so many young people and we'd like to say big congratulations to everyone who won an award - the future certainly looks bright for York!

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

NOW That's what I call Hands & Voices

 

We've been very lucky at AAM to work alongside York St John University on some amazing musical collaborations over the years, and this one is no exception. On Wednesday 9th March our fabulous Hands and Voices Choir will be joining forces with the very best of York St John University's music students for a night of music and song. We're predicting there's going to be a whole lot of dancing too!

For this year's show Hands & Voices have put together a medley of their favourite and best-known songs, all of which have been given their much-loved Hands & Voices twist. We're hoping they've managed to capture all your Hands & Voices best bits in their set list!

Headlining the event will be the brilliant YSJ University band Skabucks, wowing us with some rocksteady two-tone beats. YSJ University Samba band will be sharing their sunny Brazillian flair and helping us find our Samba feet, and the line-up's completed by the beautiful vocals of YSJ University female ensemble Requiatus. We can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of Spring!

The gig is being held at Temple Hall, York St John University and doors will open at 7:30pm. Tickets for the event are for purchase on the door and are £7 or £4 concessions. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01904 626965 for more details.

 

 

 

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

Coastival

 

This weekend sees the return of the brilliant Coastival festival to Scarborough, with three days jam-packed full of music, performance, theatre, film, art, crafts and more. This year we're even more excited as our fabulous Hands & Voices choir have been asked to perform as part of Choirs at Coastival on Saturday February 13th. The choir have been working hard over the last few weeks to get ready to wow the seaside crowds, and will be sharing the stage with four other choirs including the Coastival Choir and the SJT Youth, Funky, and Global choirs. The performances will take place at the Scarborough Art Gallery from midday, with our lovely bunch hitting the stage at 1:45pm. We're sure that our Hands & Voices are going to do us proud and maybe even get to teach the crowd a few signs along the way!

As well as the choir's afternoon performance, our Hands & Voices apprentices will also be delivering a workshop at 10:30am at the Scarborough Art Gallery. This workshop will be a taster session showcasing the use of singing and signing Hands & Voices-style. Our apprentices will be demonstrating just how accessible, inclusive and fun this type of performance is, and the workshop will also promote the new Scarborough IMPs sessions starting this summer for young people from Scarborough and the surrounding areas.

The Coastival festival runs from Friday 12th February through to Sunday 14th February, more information on the other events taking place can be found on the Coastival website.

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

Hands & Voices apprentices

We’re really proud of our Hands & Voices apprentices, who are currently leading singing and signing workshops in North Yorkshire primary schools, as part of a programme developed by our friends at NYMAZ.

Schools in North Yorkshire have been invited to become Singing & Signing Champions through training and support delivered by Accessible Arts & Media.

The programme is supporting Music Coordinators or Music Department staff from schools in North Yorkshire to learn about using sign supported communication to embed and enhance inclusive singing within their school setting.

The participating schools all receive:

• Free places for school staff on a CPD session: Introduction to sign-supported communication delivered by Hannah Thompson, our Communication Coordinator.

• A singing & signing music workshop for pupils delivered in school. These are the sessions that are currently taking place, co-led by our Hands & Voices apprentices alongside a specialist trainer and supporter from AAM.

• Access to singing & signing resources including song-sheets and demonstration videos via the AAM and NYMAZ websites.

• A follow-up mentoring session in school with Hannah Thompson to provide further advice and guidance for staff on incorporating singing & signing within the school’s music provision.

Anyone who’s taken part in one of our apprentice-led singing and signing workshops will know that they’re a great introduction to inclusive music making. Prior knowledge of singing & signing isn't required and by the end of each session, participants will be able to use simple sign language to introduce themselves and to sign (and sing!) the songs they’ve learned in the workshop.

This opportunity is supported through the North Yorkshire Music Hub’s Inclusion Strategy, and delivered by Accessible Arts & Media through the NYMAZ SEND Music Network.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

AAM

Accessible Arts & Media (AAM) is seeking dynamic and influential individuals who can contribute to the ongoing development of a vibrant charity at an important time in our history and a period of significant change in relation to our operational base and key contracts that we are currently commissioned to deliver.

We are seeking to augment our existing committed Board of Trustees by recruiting individuals with significant experience and expertise in the following areas: change management; health and social care; user representation and social and economic impact measurement.

AAM is an award-winning York-based charity that champions and celebrates the skills and talents of vulnerable groups and individuals, including young people, disabled people, those suffering mental ill health and elderly people in long term care. We have an impressive 33-year track record in delivering a pioneering range of inclusive arts and media projects where everyone plays an equal part and everyone gets the chance to shine.

Our mission is to develop and deliver a vibrant range of accessible, inclusive and affordable projects for vulnerable groups that push boundaries, enhance personal progression and challenge stereotypes.

Our vision is for an inclusive society where the talents and aspirations of everyone can be celebrated through the arts and digital media, regardless of their circumstances.

AAM is at an exciting period in its history. We are at the start of an ambitious new 5-year Strategic Development Plan. Central to this will be to transform our organisational structure, building on existing strengths to enable growth, plan for change and increase capacity.

For further information on AAM and an overview of the trustee role, please click here to download the application details. The application deadline is Friday 26th February 2016.