Citymoves Dance Agency, this week received exciting news this week, as Creative Scotland announced their First in a Lifetime funding awards.
This year sees the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 receiving a £2.2m boost via the First in a Lifetime award programme, which touches the lives of young and old alike. Citymoves Dance Agency has been awarded £110,000 for their ‘Dance-a-maz’in’ project.
Jennifer Phillips, General Manager at Citymoves Dance Agency, described the project:
“Dance-a-maz’in is an ambitious programme which will engage more than 10,000 young people and their families with arts and creativity, feeding the ambition to Get Scotland Dancing. The First in a Lifetime Award will allow us to programme free dance sessions for all primary school children in Aberdeen and to create ‘Dance-a-maz’in’, an interactive dance maze, combining dance, art, design, music and technology to create an exciting and magical first arts experience for young people and their families.
Andy Howitt, Artistic Director at Citymoves Dance Agency said:
“As the participants step onto the football pitch they will enter a magical maze, created out of large scale sculptural elements, decorated walls, inflatables and video projections. At each turn they will meet dancers, or a band, a drummer, an actor, or be immersed in an interactive art/video installation. Participants will be free to wander through the maze at their own pace, and engage in their own way; watching, seeing, doing, dancing. We hope to be able to inspire kids though the arts and want them to leave amazed!”
Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications at Creative Scotland, said:
“The staggering response we’ve received to the Year of Creative Scotland is proof of what a creative nation Scotland is. It is with great delight we’ve been able to increase the budget, allowing us to take forward even more inspiring and engaging projects.”
The additional funding comes in response to overwhelming interest in Creative Scotland’s Year of Creative Scotland funding programmes, meaning an extra twenty four projects, including ‘Dance-a-maz’in’, will receive support through the expansion of Creative Scotland’s First in a Lifetime funding programme.
With projects stretching the length and breadth of the country, from the Isle of Barra to the Gorbals, the First in a Lifetime programme sees the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 reach into care homes, family centres, sporting venues, schools and streets.
More about Creative Scotland First in a Lifetime Awards here: http://www.creativescotland.com/news/first-in-a-lifetime-creative-experiences-for-scotland-08052012