Young artists to brush up their skills at inclusive art school

A popular community arts project is to benefit from a £400 South Kesteven District Council grant to allow it to develop young talent - and give them a chance to join in with fun activities.

Born to Create is an inclusive art school which helps children and young people develop their creative skills and artistic techniques to provide the community with collaborative art projects. 

Cllr Helen Powell, who chose the charity for Ward Member Grant support, said: "The projects from Born to Create bring communities together using art and children as ambassadors. 

"I was pleased to be able to support their workshops, which involve fun, high quality activities that build self-confidence and skills which can be transferred to outside the classroom. 

"It is a not-for-profit organisation which benefits the wider area in and around Bourne, and is inclusive to all schools in the town and surrounding villages to create art for the community." 

The £400 grant will help running costs for young people to create installations and art pieces to be enjoyed and engaged with by everyone. Born to Create provides art lessons the children may be unable to access at school - or which they could not normally attend due to the cost. Each involve up to 1,000 people and past projects have connected with more than 3,500 people. 

Community artist Helen Vanherp, who co-ordinates the charity, said: "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than the natural talent that pours out of children when they are introduced to art. It gives them the opportunity to let their imagination run free, bring new ideas to life and learn new skills. 

"This is a continuation of the Rebirth project from 2017 and Born to Create 18, where we collaborated with thousands of children. Both of these projects were showcased at Bourne Town hall, and we'd love to build on that momentum." 

With pic: Cllr Helen Powell with artist Helen Vanherp and her son Henry. 

Young artist brush up on skills

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