Be an angel and support Rotherham’s community arts project
Rotherham’s celestial Festival of Angels project is set to return to the town and residents are now being urged to get their creative juices flowing.
For the past two years the Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance’s Love is Louder campaign – which is aimed at spreading goodwill and peace – has been running its Festival of Angels project.
This has involved hundreds of people creating their interpretations of angels, which are then put on display across the town in shop fronts, art galleries, schools and even in Rotherham Council’s Riverside head office.
Angels have been chosen as part of this unique art project because of their common factor within different religions and faiths.
Now individual residents and community groups are being urged to join in the fun activities by preparing and making creative themed ‘angels’ which will go on display in business premises later this year.
The campaign encourages people to give an act of kindness in the community, bringing people together positively over a common theme. It also aims to bring people together in the community who come from different backgrounds.
Projects Development Manager Emma Sharp, said: “Projects like this are so important because it helps to build bridges and for people to get to know each other. It showcases the rich diversity of Rotherham and also displays how similar we all are.
“Last year’s event was so successful, we’re looking forward to seeing what the angels in this year’s project will look like.”
Anyone can join in and contribute, from beginners to experienced artists.
The angels in this project can be designed in different formats from paintings, textiles, crafts or 3D objects made from various kinds of materials.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, added: “The Festival of Angels project is a fun way to bring people and communities together around Rotherham and share their creative ideas.
“The results of last year’s campaign saw some beautiful and different types of angels created, so we encourage everyone to join in again and make this year even better!”
Town centre businesses can also join in and get involved with sponsorship of the displays of angels across the borough.
Anyone interested in joining or sponsoring this year’s Festival of Angels Project can contact Emma Sharp at Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA) on 01709 720744 or email Emma@Rema-online.org.uk
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