The Imagine Arts Centre (Kaleidoscope)
Kaleidoscope wants to set up the UK’s first dedicated Arts Centre for older people. The centre would build upon the success of Kaleidoscope’s Acting Up project which began in 2012 and now has over 120 members – with an average age of 71. Winning the People’s Millions will allow them to take the next step in the development of the Acting Up project by establishing the UK’s first ever Arts Centre for Older People in Newry.
Kaleidoscope has been selected for this year’s Big Lottery People’s Millions Competition! For the last four years Kaleidoscope has been at the forefront of providing arts and cultural opportunities for older people in Northern Ireland. With projects like Acting Up and Imagine Arts Festival we help over 2000 older people every year to participate in and enjoy the arts.
Kaleidoscope are appealing for the public’s support to create The Imagine Arts Centre, Northern Ireland’s first ever Arts Centre for Older People. The new centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and will offer a year round programme of arts classes, events and activities exclusively for older people.
Kaleidoscope’s Artistic Director, Kerry Rooney, believes this is a unique opportunity for Northern Ireland. “The Imagine Arts Centre will make a huge difference in the lives of older people all over Northern Ireland. It will also put Northern Ireland at the forefront of arts and cultural provision for older people in Europe”