As part of the Croxteth Partnership for People and Place (PfPP) and following initial feedback from stakeholders, Culture Liverpool commissioned All Things Considered Theatre to deliver an artist in residency aimed specifically at 12 year olds. The project was called Croxteth Speaks and worked with Dixons Academy, St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth Family Matters, Croxteth Gems Centre, and the Rhys Jones Centre.
Over several months, workshops took place in schools and community centres using the practices of spoken word, model making, photography, filmmaking, dance and music to explore five questions: How do you identify yourself based on the place you live?; How does the place you live influence your ambitions and aspirations?; What would you improve or change about the place you live?; What do you like and enjoy about the place you live?; How can creative interventions support regeneration in specific communities?
The outcomes of this creative process were celebrated at an inspiring final event. Young people were nominated as role models by local community representatives, twelve QR coded short films were created and showcased, a model of Croxteth was developed for display in the local library, dj and spoken word workshops and performances took place and an intergenerational tea party was organised. Local and city centre showcases, presenting findings to decision makers have taken place and further are planned.
Overall, 398 young people and 9 artists took part in this initiative.
“Being part of the ‘Croxteth Speaks’ project provided our students with a true sense of community and togetherness. It allowed students to gain a true understanding of the local area and how it could be improved to support young people. In turn, it broadened the minds of those who can implement change. This was a powerful social project, which led to our boys finally having their voices heard” – Jess Talbolt, Dixons Academy Croxteth