Pound Arts is celebrating three years of hard work and generosity from the community of Corsham and a number of local charitable trusts as they hit their Arts Council England match funding target to support the organisation’s work with young people across the community.
“We have raised £100,000 in three years to support our Creative Futures Fund which delivers arts projects for young people across Wiltshire” said Caron Thomas, Philanthropy Manager at Pound Arts.
“It just goes to show how much our centre is loved by the community. We couldn’t be more grateful, thank you to everyone who donated. Every penny helps support the work that we do with young people, from workshops for young carers, to theatre performances for children with autism, through to subsidised places in our youth theatre” she added.
Pound Arts is not just an arts centre, offering an artistic programme all year round in Corsham, but also runs two festivals a year: Blue Sky Festival in June and Magic and Mayhem Festival in November. In addition, they manage a Rural Arts Touring scheme that brings live theatre and music performances to villages across Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, meaning the centre’s work extends across two counties.
The appeal’s success isn’t the end of the fundraising need for the organisation. “Sales from the Box Office fund around a third of our overall operation. We hope the success of this appeal has brought more exposure to the breath of artistic experience our work covers. To sustain the 16,000 opportunities for engagement we offer annually for young people, we need to continue fundraising to support our ongoing and growing ambitions.” said Caron.
To find out more information about the Creative Futures Fund please visit: www.poundarts.org.uk.