Schools’ Outreach Programme

The generosity of our Festival Benefactors and the success of the 2021 Festival has allowed us not only to make our outreach programme funding creative arts workshops in local primary schools an annual event, but now also to extend it to local secondary schools.

The festival funding professional arts practitioners brings something extraordinary into the classroom, offering new perspectives and creative challenges that can unlock a world of possibility and hope. There has never been a time when this has been more important. The arts have the capacity to lift the spirits and engage the learner; they leave us feeling free, refreshed, and optimistic and take us on thought journeys that can impact our lives in so many positive ways. These days, particularly for the young people of this pandemic, that’s the holy grail everyone is after.

Summer 2021

This year performance poet Joshua Seigal had everyone enthralled with his word-wizardry and the children became art detectives their curiosity piqued by historian Lizzy Rowe from Magic Lantern who transformed the classroom into a pop-up art gallery and shared stories and jaw-dropping facts about famous artists and their work. Completing the week’s activities, renowned painter and colourist Antonia Black encouraged the children to paint with joyful abandon and amazed everyone by painting a still life display, from scratch, in an hour, whilst recounting a lifetime of globetrotting adventures and answering questions! Antonia then signed and gifted her paintings to the schools.

Antonia Black – Artist in Residence 2019-2021

Magic Lantern Educational Charity

Primary schools

As well as continuing to fund and organise five days of free arts activities for the primary schools during festival week 2023, next year will see St Mary’s and Broadway First pulsing to the energetic rhythms of Brazil’s Rio Carnival with a day of fast & furious samba drumming workshops led by musician and band director David Walter. And, in the run up to Easter, professional theatre practitioners will dive beneath the surface of the curriculum with tailor-made activities to bring characters and topics to life.

Secondary schools

In addition to our work with the primaries, we are also in discussion with two local secondary schools – Chipping Campden and Evesham’s Prince Henry’s – about how we can best contribute to their students’ arts education in 2022 and beyond by funding a range of arts workshops to engage and inspire teenagers.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

Broadway Platinum Jubilee

As part of the Broadway Jubilee celebrations, the primary school children will be decorating paper lanterns supplied by Broadway Arts Festival using the colours and images from the famous John Singer Sargent painting Carnation Lily, Lily, Rose painted in the grounds of Russell House, Broadway in the late 19th century. We hope the schools will join other organisations in Broadway village to lead a once-in-a-lifetime Platinum Jubilee Parade down the High Street carrying their LED-lit lanterns.

If you would like to support our outreach work, please consider becoming a benefactor, applications for 2022 are now open.