October 19, 2016

We are staging our first fundraising event – a 24hr arts marathon – to spread acts of kindness and raise money for community projects

Do you have what it takes to spend 24 hours working with artists to create a very special zine?

The fundraising event will take place at the Sidney Cooper Gallery at Canterbury Christchurch University on Saturday 29 October and going through into Sunday 30 October 2016.

Starting on the Saturday morning and running straight through to the following day, participants will work with some amazing artists, including Lucy Steggals, to create art works stimulated by the theme of kindness and the senses; asking questions in the High Street such as ‘what does kindness look like?’. They will then use what they have created to make a special zine.

There will be drop in sessions, so if you can’t do the 24 hours you can still participate and contribute to the cause and to making the zine. Pop along between  11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm.

The zine that’s produced will be distributed around Canterbury and every penny raised from its creation will be doubled thanks to a commitment from Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve fund.

We’d love you to take part – and here’s how:

  • Be sponsored to participate for the 24 hours and have a great time learning new skills. For more information, download the sponsorship pack
  • If you can’t make it to Canterbury, you can still contribute to the zine. Follow @people_united #24hrArts and make your own artistic response to kindness and the senses
  • Text Giving – Simply text ARTY24 £10 (or another amount) to 70070 to donate to People United

The event takes place during People United’s 10th anniversary year, a decade which has seen us support thousands of people to make positive changes in their communities across Kent and beyond. Projects have included creating a Girl Guide’s kindness challenge badge; encouraging school children to develop relationships of respect and trust with older people in their community; and celebrating whole towns through ambitious community-wide arts projects, leaving a lasting legacy on the people there.

One such project We All Do Good Things took place in Herne Bay in 2009/10. Artists worked with every section of the community to uncover and celebrate positive stories. The work took place in bingo halls and beach huts, shop fronts and sports clubs, schools and residential homes and over 5,000 people took part. As a result the town established an annual Giant Picnic – now in its 7th year – to build a sense of community, to dance to live music and to participate in creative activities run by arts, sports and voluntary groups.

Tina Corri, Chief Executive of People United, says: ‘We believe that being kind to one another is fundamental to making the world a better place, and that belief has been the driver behind all of our work during the past 10 years.

‘This is our first ever fundraising event of this kind helping us to deliver our mission to create more kind and caring societies through our projects in schools, neighbourhoods, care homes, hospitals and public spaces.

‘We’re almost half-way to our target of £2,500, so please support us if you can by signing up to do the arts marathon with us, popping in on the day to join in for a bit, or of course if you can by sponsoring us. ’

Remember – every penny raised will be match funded by Arts Council England



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