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Young Arts Projects and Trails of Discovery (Formerly known as Children’s Trails)

Every year, many thousands of young people across the country benefit from Young Arts Projects and Groups which are initiated and supported by The Arts Society. As an educational charity, one of the aims of The Arts Society is to encourage young people to become involved in arts projects; to be aware of our arts heritage and to inspire a lasting enthusiasm for it.

 Young Arts Project 5th March 2019

On 5th March local artist Susie Walker will be spending the day working with pupils and staff at Dunalley Primary school close to Pittville Park in Cheltenham in a Young Arts initiative funded by TASC. During the day Susie will be sharing printmaking skills with a number of pupils from all year groups. After school she will run a training session to pass on these skills to more than twenty staff, so that the day will ultimately enrich the artistic life of the whole school as the skills learnt are applied to a variety of themes in the curriculum. This day will have an Asian theme and form part of the school’s Arts Week. We look forward to sharing the atmosphere of the day with members through a display at the April Lecture.

This is the first of a new series of Young Arts initiatives through which TASC aims to encourage the appreciation of art and the enjoyment of all kinds of artistic skills amongst young people. The money raised by the raffle at our monthly meetings all contributes to the funding of such events and since September we have raised more than £220 with a book prize related to the topic of each lecture.

Butterfly Garden Art Exhibition - postponed

We have also once again supported the work of Chris Evans, his volunteers and their students at the Butterfly Garden with a small donation to support the exhibition of their achievements in the Gardens Gallery in Montpelier from 27th to 29th April. Please do pop in to support them and admire their artistry!

Children’s Trail for The Parish Church of St Mary  (The  Minster)

The Arts Society Cheltenham has completed a Children’s Trail for The Parish Church of St Mary, Cheltenham  (The Minster).  Children’s Trails are intended for young people between the ages of 8 and 12, as an exciting way to learn about local history and culture through exploring churches and other religious buildings. The Trails are intended to be done with parents or teachers and they are a good resource for schools.

This is the first Trail to be undertaken by The Arts Society Cheltenham and according to members Pat Youngson and Sue Marlow,  who designed the Trail, it has been “a very rewarding experience.”   Whilst researching the Trail, Sue and Pat discovered many interesting facts , such as  during WW2 Cheltenham was the HQ of the US Army Services of Supply and at that time the Imperial Gardens was used as a lorry park.

The Arts Society Cheltenham is grateful for the support from the Church Wardens at The Minster and from the late Roger Jones.