The new grant scheme has been launched by Historic England to fund co-produced projects that put young people’s voices at the heart of the creative decision making to increase confidence and connection to their local heritage.
The creative arts project will be a collaboration of Blackpool’s Youth Provision Partnership and local partners.
Blackpool Boys and Girls Club will lead on the delivery of the scheme working with the Youth Provision Partnership, Blackpool Council, Streetlife and with support from Empowerment (a Blackpool based charity committed to supporting local communities).
Young people will be asked what matters to them about the architecture and character of Blackpool and specifically about the Talbot and Brunswick area to inspire them to learn about its local history and ultimately create an imaginative street art mural.
Inspiration will be sparked by walking the local area to celebrate its heritage and history.
Young people will record the project, the making of the art and their personal journeys through methods such as photography, videoing, drawing or cartooning, spoken or written word.
The mural will embrace the positive heritage themes and ideas that the young people generate and allow them to develop their knowledge, interaction and personal skills.
The award will complement the funding received from the Youth Investment Fund to help improve youth facilities in Blackpool. That funding will create a new larger, purpose built youth centre in Talbot and Brunswick which will allow for more youth work activities and opportunities for young people from the local area.
Blackpool Boys and Girls Club (BBGC) Youth Worker Jed Sullivan, said:
Cllr Kath Benson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Young People and Aspiration, said:
Ellen Harrison, Head of Creative Programmes and Campaigns at Historic England, said:
The arts project will start in spring 2024 and finish at the end of the summer of next year.