County Youth Arts 10 20 Anniversary and annual Showcase

Published 7th February 2017

County Youth Arts celebrates 10 years at the Old Library in Mansfield and 20 years as a team

  • Photo and interview opportunities are available immediately

  • Press are invited to attend a special reception at The Old Library at 6.15pm on 16 February

  • Anniversary celebrations continue at 7.30pm on 16 and 17 February at CYA’s annual Showcase (The Palace Theatre).


    Award winning youth arts team, County Youth Arts (CYA) is celebrating 20 years of delivering some of the most ambitious and innovative projects with the young people of Nottinghamshire.


    10 of those years has seen the team develop their own arts venue in Mansfield, The Old Library. They have worked with over 30,000 young people over the years across music, dance, drama, film and media with young people being at the heart of their work.


    County Youth Arts is just one of the services delivered by Inspire, a Community Benefit Society which delivers a range of cultural, art, library and learning services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.


    Most recently they were invited by the BBC Proms to take the Able Orchestra project which works with physically disabled young people to perform alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra using digital technology. They performed to 6000 people over 2 days and was seen and heard by many more on BBC TV and Radio.


    The team are now looking forward to another 20 years and setting out their vision and showcasing much of their work at a special event at Mansfield Palace Theatre on 16 and 17 of February. Showcase 2017 will feature performances from young people across the county of various abilities and experience, and the project will feature everything from hip hop to rock and pop, street dance, contemporary dance, drama and comedy, all weaved together to entertain. The Showcase project works with more than 400 young people each year for several months in preparation for the show with initial auditions taking place in the autumn.


    The amazing CYA team are planning to work with more and varied groups of young people and to make arts and disability a key focus alongside a wide ranging youth dance program, rock, pop, grime and classical music projects and to further develop digital arts in all its forms.


    Andy Dawson CYA Manager said; "During our 20 years we have been privileged enough to work with young people who have now become professional artists in their own right, many of them working alongside us to create amazing art. 20 years is something to celebrate and we intend to keep going forward from strength to strength "


Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is wonderful to see Inspire’s County Youth Arts team reach two important milestones in 2017.  They have consistently worked with a diverse range of partners to provide an innovative programme and opportunities for young people and artists to develop and showcase their talents.  After 20 years as a team and 10 years at the Old Library they are on the map as a venue that offers something unique but affordable to both the local and wider community.”

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