Voted the most visited arts centre in the West Midlands 2015 by VisitEngland, mac birmingham is a contemporary arts centre and charity with over a million visits a year. To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported the charity with £550,000 of funding.
There is a People's Postcode Lottery Charity Week at mac birmingham which takes place from Saturday 3rd December until Sunday 11th December. The week will see younger visitors enjoy free creative activities with its professional artist tutors in a bid to further engage with local families, and those who might not otherwise visit the centre on a regular basis.
With a focus on pre-school children, the week will feature:
- Sing and Sign, suitable for babies and toddlers, which enables them to communicate without speech.
- Toddlers in Motion, a fun, energetic movement session, using rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean to hop, skip, jump, and build confidence.
- An interactive storytelling session of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
- mac’s Christmas show, The Bear, will take over its intimate hub space, turning it into an arctic-inspired den for little ones to explore throughout the run of the show, which ends on 31st December.
Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery enables the centre to offer increased free activities throughout the year, in addition to funding much needed creative activities for young people and families who face challenges. This includes music making, performance training and mentoring opportunities.
This year, in addition to the upcoming activity week, players also funded a free weekend of activity as part of Disabled Access Day in March. The day included a host of activities including Tai Chi, cinema screenings, dance performances and arts and crafts for disabled visitors, their friends and families.
Deborah Kermode, mac Chief Executive and Artistic Director said, "We're thankful for the continued funding from the players of People's Postcode Lottery. Their generous, unwavering support enables us to increase our reach with families, children and young people, who might not otherwise visit our centre.
As well as giving us the opportunity to offer free activities at mac, it also allows us to venture into communities to work on the ground within the locality, in order to build trust and long-lasting relationships. This is all made possible by the players of People's Postcode Lottery – thank you."
A full timetable of activities is available on the mac birmingham website.