A SCHEME to allow youngsters to enjoy high art and culture could be coming to Kirklees.
Find Your Talent (FYT), sponsored by the Arts Council England (ACE), aims to allow young people to develop their creative skills through exposure to quality arts.
This follows a Government announcement on February 13 that each child should be offered at least five hours of high quality culture per week, in and out of school.
The project will be piloted in 10 locations and local authorities, organisations and partnerships are invited to bid for their portion of £6m available.
FYT aims to give young people hands-on experience of activities such as acting, playing a musical instrument and making films. They will also have the opportunity to attend top rate performances, art exhibitions and heritage sites.
ACE Chief Executive Alan Davey said: “We are delighted the government recognises the value of introducing art and creativity into every child’s life.
“Great art enriches lives and helps us understand the world around us, no matter what age we are, and creative skills are essential no matter what career we choose to pursue.”
Clr Jim Dodds, Kirklees Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “Anything we can do to enhance the opportunities for youngsters is a good idea.
“There are many with hidden talents and they don’t get the opportunity to develop them. This will open lots of doors for many.
“We will have a look at the criteria required and put our best possible bid forward.
“A share of £6m would be a substantial boost.”
For more information on FYT including how to apply visit: www.creative-partnerships.com/offer
The deadline for applications is April 7.