Living Rhythms (LR) is a specialist cultural Arts organisation based in Birmingham. Established in 2005, we are a volunteer led, not-for-profit organisation.
Our Vision A society where the cultural arts heritage of African and Caribbean people is shared, accessible, celebrated and valued.
Our Mission We believe that a healthy and strong society understands and values the rich cultural heritage of its diverse citizens. Our research and consultation show that opportunities to engage with African and Caribbean cultural arts heritage:
is typically poorly resourced,
has limited mainstream exposure and
'expert' knowledge and skills are held by a small and dwindling number of artists, cultural activists and practitioners.
Our mission therefore is to engage people of all cultures in activities that stimulate and nurture an appreciation, awareness and understanding of African and Caribbean cultural arts heritage.
Our work strands
Art education- We work with communities and young people to increase knowledge, awareness and skills in the arts.
Arts performance- We enable young people and communities to perform and increase access and appreciation of the performing arts.
Personal Development - We help communities and young people to manage and improve their personal and professional lives.
Out of school provision - We provide young people with safe environments for play, learning and development.
Living Rhythms the story so far.....
Following the companies formation in November 2005, LR's main priorities were to secure the resources, infrastructure and support to begin delivering on it’s core objectives. The initial steering group of three has now grown to five and over the years a number of young people and locally based practitioners have volunteered their time to support the development and delivery of LR projects.
The LR Board have played a central role in income generation, project development, project delivery and project management. To date LR has successfully secured over £75K to support its work, worked directly with over 2200 young people and adults, and developed a small but sustainable organisational infrastructure which continues to enable it to deliver it's work.
Over the last 24 months Living Rhythms has developed a range of partnerships with key agencies including Birmingham Scouts, bayc (Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs), secondary schools (Selly Park Girls School and Lordswood Boys) and delivered workshops to over 800 young people across the region.
In spite of the difficult circumstances facing the arts, youth services and the not-for-profit sector we have continued to develop our resources and can now offer film production as part of our portfolio of opportunities.
Working in partnership with Trinity College London & Unitas, Living Rhythms recently became a nationally recognised Youth Arts Accreditation Centre. We now offer Youth Arts accreditation options at Bronze & Silver.
Our 2012 Priorities
2012 looks like it’s going to be a busy year for Living Rhythms. Key projects for this year include:
Redesigning our website and maximising our social media presence.
Establishing a youth council who will help to inform and shape our work and ensure that young people play a full role in our development and decision-making.
Pilot our first Arts Award Programme which will be delivered over a 5 day period to young people aged 14-20
Establish a youth performance group.
Continue our Arts engagement programme with a target of working with 350 young people and adults