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Meet Kate, our new Business Consultant.
Kate works with all sorts of organisations with a focus on culture and heritage, from national museums to local community centres. Her work is about bringing together people and places, and encouraging partnerships. Kate will be working with us supporting our strategic planning, project management, research, evaluation and fundraising. @katerodenhurst
Meet Jen, our Local Levy-based Community Connector.
Jen will be working with us to ascertain the diverse needs of our community and support planning our arts and culture provision (in the widest sense) that meet the needs of the community.
Jen is also a Specialist Leader of Education working with schools to support their strategic vision of Arts and English and an Arts Council Funded Movement Artist. As well as a trauma informed yoga and dance practitioner and resident Shake the Dust Teacher at LOL.
It was with immense sadness we had to take the very difficult decision to close the building for the first national lockdown in March 2020, and again for the 4-week period of the 2nd national lockdown in November 2020. With the worsening situation over Christmas and the latest New Year lockdown we have had to remain closed to the general public.
We know that for our user groups this is a great disappointment.
We continue to review the position as the situation evolves, but for now we are working towards a limited re-opening after Easter in April 2021, guidelines permitting. Staff and trustees continue our focus to keep the building safe and secure, and raise funds to offset the loss of income we have suffered.
As a result we are pleased to announce a new grant application has been successful, from the Architectural Heritage Fund. This is to help update our business plan to secure sustainability in the long term. We are actively pursuing other funding to make essential building adaptions and recover lost income.
Its a difficult time for everyone. Community buildings like ours are essential to rebuilding strong communities after the pandemic. We really need the support of our community too. If you can help in any way, offering time or expertise, or by making a donation, we would be very grateful.
A pack of dog-lovers have joined forces with the Levenshulme Old Library to create a charity calendar celebrating local dogs, to help raise vital funds to support the community arts organisation.
With the talents of a local photographer, Zarina Akhtar, a socially-distanced photo shoot was organised in Highfield Country Park during October where several local pooches had their photos taken. The calendar was then created by a design student at Loreto College, Essa Mustapha.
All volunteers involved in the project have offered their time and services pro-bono, in order to raise as much money as possible for Levenshulme Old Library, during what has been a very difficult year for the arts and culture sector.
The calendar is now on sale and all profits will be donated to Levenshulme Old Library. Featuring 13 beautiful photos of a variety of breeds in all shapes and sizes, it is the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. You can buy the calendar online now with prices starting at £12 with local pick-up, M19 and UK-wide delivery options available: https://dogsoflevenshulme.bigcartel.com
The calendar is also being sold at a pop-up Makers’ Fair at Levenshulme Old Library this weekend (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2020), which has been organised to raise money for the library and help local artists and designers.
For more information about the Dogs of Levenshulme calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow our Instagram account (@dogsoflevenshulme) for updates.
Immerse yourself in arts curated and delivered by the creative community of Levenshulme. A community with spirit evident during the pandemic – plus a splash of work from national artists!
All tickets under £4.50! Many events are free.
We’ve worked hard to produce a programme that showcases our diverse community; lectures covering subjects from the environment to horror, exhibits that tell our local lockdown story and lots of surprise pop-ups from Circus, Strings and Drag Story-Time, plus award-winning comedians and a gig-theatre show. We aim to entertain, empower and celebrate arts and culture!
The 2020 arts festival’s events will be a mix of streaming on YouTube, Zoom and a handful of in-person, socially distanced events running from Thursday 22nd – Saturday 31st October.
When you register you will need to give your name, a postcode and email address. You will then be sent a link to join the meeting. If you are new to ZOOM or have any concerns about taking part online please feel free to get in touch.
If you can’t join online a very few places may be available face to face.
To ask to attend in person click here to email us. You will have to wear a facemask, have no Covid symptoms and maintain strict social distancing.