Here at The Met, inspiring the next generation of artists and performers is one of our biggest priorities. As a charity we work hard to support our community, and we invest between £80,000 to £100,000 each year into our outreach work which is designed to get people of all ages and abilities involved with the arts.  

Creative Learning at The Met encompasses several different areas of work including theatre groups, music tuition, providing a home for external groups and supporting local artists.  

We are a hub for quality participatory drama and theatre for children, young people and adults with and without disabilities. Bury Youth Theatre, Aiming High and Met Express all meet on a weekly basis to support children, young people and learning-disabled adults to explore their creativity, find new talents and make friends for life in a creative and inspiring environment. 

We have a thriving programme of music tuition available at The Met from one to one sessions in guitar  and harmonica to the chance to perform and enhance your skills by playing in an ensemble with the brilliant Metro Jazz. We also offer a six-week Introduction Course to Sound Recording in our purpose-built Edwin Street Studio. 

The Met also hosts a variety of external groups who support different communities to engage with arts and culture. These groups include Engage2Stage, a theatre company for visually impaired adults; Uniquely Us, a creative group for autistic women; POG, an LGBT+ support group; Sara Lucarelli who delivers Family Yoga; and Alfa Education who provide participatory music workshops and music provision in schools across Greater Manchester.  

We support Suzanna Law and her Pop-Up Play Shop in Radcliffe, and story-teller Oliver Bishop (Yan Tan Tethera), both of whom are professional artists creating innovative participatory work in the local community.  

We are able to deliver this programme thanks to the support of our members, corporate sponsors and through donations from the public 

How are we delivering activity during the COVID-19 crisis? The workshop groups that meet at The Met all thrive on interaction and face to face contact, but our group leaders are working hard to explore different ways in which we can support and serve our communities online. Here is a snapshot of what they’re getting up to.  

Met Express and Aiming High are using their Facebook pages to share creative challenges and fun games to take part in.  

BYT are taking part in ‘The Coronavirus Time Capsule’, a national online project bringing together youth theatres all over the UK. They will be sharing their work via their Facebook page.  

Yan Tan Tethera is sharing live storytelling and creative activities through his Instagram and Facebook pages.  

Engage 2 Stage recently shared their progress with us in this blog post from their Chair Anthony and have just launched their brand new website

ALFA Education have started delivering their online choir every Tuesday evening at 6pm. Check out their Facebook page for information on how to get involved. 

How can you help? We need your support to develop capacity to build digital content for our workshop groups, and equip our workshop leaders with the skills necessary to support their members online. Not only will this ensure our members are not completely isolated during this time, but it will also help them to have a smooth transition back into the venue when we re-open. You can help us to support our community by donating to our Coronavirus Closure Fund.

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