Jelly is Reading’s award-winning arts charity and one of the organisations we’re fundraising for. Our donations go to their work with primary schools. Jelly’s Kate Powell explains what they do to inspire children across our town.
“Jelly has been working in schools delivering creative, inspiring projects to children for many years. In the past 5 years we have been specifically working to deliver Arts Award in primary schools across Reading.
“The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that encourages children to use creative thinking across a wide range of projects. We have worked with children using drawing, printing, animation, architectural skills, building, making, sewing, and of course cutting, sticking and colouring!
“We always encourage the children to use independent thinking and approach each project with an open mind. Creative thinking is a skill that we embed in every area of our education programme and use this to highlight that, although we are all artists, these skills are needed in all walks of life and many careers. Where would we be if Albert Einstein or Marie Curie hadn’t thought creatively about the world and its possibilities and challenges? We encourage a questioning mind.
“This is a link to a case study from one of our projects called ‘Our Town’ were we delivered Discover and Explore Arts Awards in five schools using Reading as our inspiration:
“Covid-19 has inevitably changed the way we work but throughout the pandemic we have continued to inspire creativity and support the schools and children we work with where we can. Our education programme has been at the forefront of our planning for the future and we envisage it going from strength to strength, reaching those who need it the most.”
Photography credit: Salvo Toscano.