We are delighted to introduce you to another member of Leeds Community Support Group: the Geraldine Connor Foundation.
The Geraldine Connor Foundation has an impressive vision which aims to provide access and opportunities in the arts for all. Set up in 2012, the team has enabled the creativity of many young people to flourish through projects such as ‘Windrush: an Influential Force on British Culture’, ‘Represent’, ‘Forest Dreaming,’ and ‘Where we are…’.
The late Geraldine Connor, their namesake and inspiration, was an influential theatre director and educationalist who was passionate about African and Caribbean Culture. The foundation has embedded this passion into their work; by developing projects primarily (but not exclusively) related to African and Caribbean culture, the foundation creates developmental, experiential, and educational opportunities for young people of all backgrounds.
These projects afford young people a voice, celebrate underrepresented cultures, and kickstart the careers of young artists who otherwise may not have access to opportunities. Last year, these projects supported 345 young people, employed 35 artists, five new creative associates, and hosted 72 workshops in education and community settings.
To find out more about the vital work of the Geraldine Connor Foundation, you can visit their website by clicking here.
Images by Tony Bartholomew, JMA Photography and Baile Ali.
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