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Impact Arts turns 25! We welcome John Swinney & St. Denis' Primary

We kicked off our 25th anniversary celebrations in style as Deputy First Minister John Swinney joined Glasgow schoolchildren to sing, dance and yodel as part of a lively music workshop!

Kicking off our #MakingAMark campaign - which will celebrate the work and achievements of our artists and participants since 1994 - we welcomed Mr Swinney to our Factory workshop in Glasgow’s East End on Monday afternoon.

Led by community musician Kathleen Turner, the P5s from St. Denis’ Primary School in Dennistoun treated their guest to a medley of songs mixed with stories - including yodelling, lion noises and dancing like mountain goats.

This was part of a music project which has been working with primary school children in the area since May last year, bringing children from St. Denis’ and Haghill Park primary schools to make music together.



As well as getting the chance to talk to the young singers, Mr Swinney learned from the Impact Arts team about our award-winning art therapy programme for children in Glasgow, and the creative education offered to older people via our Craft Cafe project.

It was also an opportunity to mark the 25 years of art, music, film, dance and theatre projects for children, young people and older people delivered by Impact Arts since our establishment in 1994.

Fundraising events are set to take place throughout 2019 to mark the anniversary, including a large-scale art auction taking place in Glasgow later this year to help sustain the charity’s work.



Participants and artists on projects will be producing artwork and exhibitions along the theme of “25 years of making a mark”.

Fiona Doring, Director of Impact Arts, said: “It was wonderful to welcome the Deputy First Minister this afternoon and hopefully offer him something a little different from his usual diary!

“It has been great to demonstrate the charity’s creative approach to education and skills for all ages – from our schools-based work with young children to the lifelong learning approach our Craft Café workshops offer older people.

“We are thrilled to officially launch our #MakingAMark campaign, which offers an invaluable opportunity to reflect on the deep impact of the charity’s work over the past twenty five years and raise greater awareness of our ambitious plans for the future.”



Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“All types of learning, wherever it takes place, and whatever form it takes, is beneficial for people of all ages, background and cultures.

“Organisations like Impact Arts add to the opportunities for children and young people to explore creative endeavours, alongside their learning in school, and it is great to see the charity continue to flourish after a quarter of a century.”


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