MK Arts Update

From Lucy Bedford, Arts Development Officer at Milton Keynes Council:

Arts Council England are planning a day in Milton Keynes on the 4th June to look at strategic arts development as MK plans for big future events such as MK50.

In 2017, Milton Keynes will celebrate its 50th birthday and ideas are being gathered as to how these celebrations should form, details are available here: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mk50

We are also supporting the Rugby World Cup events taking place in early October with arts embedded into the calendar for the ‘Fanzone’ at Campbell Park as well as a showcase event [details to follow].

Central Library has been working with artist STANZA http://www.stanza.co.uk/ to deliver a programme of Digital art workshops and commissions.  The first commission is installed in the central library foyer and the second a silent comic by Jade Sarson: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/digitalis

Mark Niel has taken on a development role for the MK Rose.  He’ll be based at the Parks Trust and would welcome people getting in touch with ideas around engaging with the artwork: m.niel@theparkstrust.com

Now the weather has picked up, do head down and see the Serpent public art at Ashlands: http://chrisdrury.co.uk/log-wave-ashland-community-project-milton-keynes/ [park at the Ashland lake & walk along past the hoarding, and you can’t miss it on the right at the end]

Kingston Library has installed a text based vinyl on the internal glass meeting room.  The work is by Claudia Phipps.  Do pop in and have a look

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Sew, Stick or Knit a Poppy for the Great War MK Project

The Arts and Heritage Alliance MK is looking for groups and individuals to create and donate poppies, to be added to a WW1 centenary banner.  Part of Westbury Arts Centre’s Banner Project, these banners will be included in an act of commemoration on 5th July at Campbell Park.  This event will explore themes of conflict, involving over 100 dancers and moving around Campbell Park – everyone is welcome.

To get involved: Find some fabric and cut out a poppy using the template provided on our website (or alternatively crochet or knit a poppy).  Embroidery or sparkle can be added, as well as the name of a relative or local person that was involved in WW1.  Photos of the poppies can be shared at www.Facebook.com/GreatWarMK or on Twitter using #GreatWarMK). Finally attach the slip from the Poppy Brief to the poppy and contact AHA-MK who will collect them.  The deadline is 12 June 2015.

AHA would also love to hear any stories about relatives or local people that served in WW1.

The Poppy Brief and Poppy Template can be found here: www.greatwarmk.wordpress.com/poppies-call-out

Great War MK is a project exploring the impact of the First World War on the communities of Milton Keynes through research, commemorative events, activities and community workshops: www.GreatWarMK.wordpress.com

Please contact Lallie for more information: aha-mk@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Funding Alert – May 2015

Welcome to our round-up of funding opportunities for charities and community groups in Milton Keynes. If you would like some free help to develop or find funding for your project, email us or call 01908 661623 to arrange an appointment.


Local News

Voting has opened for the Aviva Community Fund and several projects in Milton Keynes are seeking votes. The Community Fund offers support and funding to inspirational local projects and voting opened on May 1 and closes on May 30.

Among the organisations in Milton Keynes seeking funding are the Joint Civil Aid Corps, which helps build skills in young people, Age UK Milton Keynes for its Keeping Me Connected programme and The Harry’s Rainbow Charitable Trust, to pay for maintenance on a static caravan used for short breaks for bereaved children and their families

Also nominated are Kingdom Power, The East of England Peer Support Service for the Spinal Injuries Association, Dwarf Sports Association south east region, Young Photographers at Slated Row School, Secklow Sounds CIC, Inter-Action MK, Shenley Christian Fellowship Oak Tree Centre and Salford School of Gymnastics trip to Canada.

Organisations securing enough votes will go through to the finals on June 29.

For more information or to vote, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms/


AB Charitable Trust

The trust supports charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society, with a focus on:

  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • prisoners and penal reform
  • human rights

Amount:  £7,500 – £10,000

Deadline: 22nd May 2015

Website


Royal British Legion External Grants

The Legion’s External Grants programme is open to applications. It is for groups supporting serving and ex-service people and their dependants who are suffering financially.

Applications for the following three themes will be prioritised:

  • employment and training
  • family support
  • homelessness and outreach

The typical award is below £20,000 – smaller applications are encouraged. It is a two stage application process.

Amount: up to £20,000 or up to £35,000  for salary for ‘homelessness and outreach’ projects.

Deadline: 25th May 2015.

Website


Vocational Learning Technology Fund

This is run by Ufi Trust for projects that demonstrate the potential for using digital technology imaginative ways to develop new services or improve access or delivery of adult vocational learning.

Amount: Grants up to £50,000 are available.

Deadline: 9am on 15th May 2015

Website


Feminist Review Trust

Supports projects that transform the lives of women. The Trust gives grants to projects in the UK and internationally that support women. In 2015 international applications will be particularly welcome in the following areas:

  • violence against women
  • disabled women and girls
  • women, sustainability and climate change

Amount: up to £15,000

Deadline: 31st May

Website


Funds for Square Dancing

There’s a fund out there for everyone,  if you are interested in square dancing.They are American, but will fund organisations world wide. The Callerlab Foundation supports and trains callers and the All Join Hands Foundation supports square dancing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.


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Milton Keynes Referendum – What’s It About?

When you go to your polling station this week you will see that, aside from the elections, residents of Milton Keynes are also being asked to decide whether or not to adopt the CMK Business Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan, in case you havn’t heard about it, is a new document that will, if adopted, act as a guide for how developments in Central Milton Keynes and Campbell Park should be designed over the next decade.

This Plan has not been prepared by MK Council but by a voluntary alliance of local businesses and community groups over a two-year period, with public involvement throughout. If passed, it will act as a blue-print for developing CMK over the next 10 – 15 years. A core policy is to retain the original, successful layout of CMK with its tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and safe pedestrian routes. Other policies support a major university, new community and sports facilities, new public transport shuttle service, Market Hall and civic square

You can view a summary document here or see the full plan here. We really encourage you to take some time reading about this plan and deciding if it’s something you want to vote for or against.

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New Homes on Dansteed Way

The housing developer Taylor Wimpey are holding a public exhibition to show their plans for 85 new homes on land to the west of Dansteed Way – a site which forms part of the Western Expansion Area.

The exhibition will be held at the Shenley Church End Parish Hall, Shenley Church End, on Tuesday, May 12 between 3pm and 7pm. The public exhibition is open to residents, business, community groups and other interested parties, and will provide the chance to find out more about the scheme and discuss plans with the Taylor Wimpey Project team.

If you would like to know more about the Growth of MK, please contact Hannah, Growth Officer at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or hannah@communityactionmk.org.

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Does Your Charity Website Pass the Mobile-Friendly Test?

One in three charity websites will fall down the search rankings after failing Google’s new mobile friendly test. As more people use mobile devices to browse the internet, Google has changed its search functionality meaning websites which pass its new test will be moved up the ranking and those that fail will move down. Google has also produced a tool to test how mobile friendly your website is. If you’d like some advice on how to make your website more mobile friendly, click here.

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