With just a week to go until Giving Tuesday here is a breakdown of what your donation can do to help the life changing work here at Outside In.
A key part of what we do is offering opportunities to artists who face significant barriers to the art world. One way we do this is by offering our Step Up series of professional training courses which aim to support artists to gain the skills needed to find employment, self-employment or volunteering opportunities in the arts.
Over the last decade, the courses have proven to help participants feel engaged with society, as well as view themselves and the future in a more positive manner. The sense of belonging to the Outside In community and working with partner organisations is seen to increase levels of self-esteem and wellbeing amongst participants, providing a sense of meaning and purpose and encouraging them to seek further – paid or voluntary – employment.
Currently, as part of the programme, Outside In works with partner arts organisations across the UK to deliver its five training courses: Exploring Collections, Workshop Leaders, Curating Exhibitions, Talking about Art and Creative Writing.
How your donations* add up
£50 would pay for a course participant’s travel and subsistence for a course day
£500 would pay for a participant to take part in the Workshop Leaders course
£1,300 would pay for a participant to take part in the Exploring Collections course
£5,000 would pay for the cost of running the ten week Workshop Leaders course
£6,500 would pay for the cost of running the ten week Exploring Collections course
* All costs are approximate and may vary
The difference the courses make
“It has definitely helped to open up a new chapter in my life. It has helped me gather more positive thoughts and gain self-confidence, as well as acknowledging the things that have shifted and improved in my life.” – Course participant
“The programme exceeded my expectations, getting me working again at a professional level. I am thinking about becoming self-employed, about teaching, progressing further, finding out about funding. It has refocused my professional practice and I have started to think about further professional opportunities. I think of myself as an artist again instead of a person that was unwell and doodled.” – Course participant
“This time last year it would have been unthinkable that an opportunity to become involved with the arts, through creative writing, would present itself. As a result of the course, the art of imagery both in painting and creative writing has become a passion of mine.” – Course participant
To help make a difference this Giving Tuesday, Outside In’s chosen donation platform CAF is offering all charities who get a donation on 27 November the chance to win an additional £250. To make a donation, click HERE
About Giving Tuesday
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. In 2017 the campaign raised a staggering $300million (£233,574,900) for charities across 150 countries. To find out more about the project, click HERE
IMAGE: Artists at Wellcome as part of the latest Exploring Collections course