Gosforth Civic Theatre
Gosforth Civic Theatre is delighted to be joining Kind Currency and owner of the innovative CIC is over the moon to be getting support from her favourite Arts Venue.
The theatre is run by and home to Liberdade Community Development Trust, who have worked with people with learning disabilities and autism since 2003 and took on the theatre in which was the Civic Hall at the time, in 2016. They have created a truly inclusive place at the heart of the community where everyone can belong and take part in the arts.
Historically society has created places for people with learning disabilities to go, this has meant that this group of people are often segregated with few opportunities to demonstrate their social worth. This segregation has also meant members of the public have often had few or no opportunities to get to know people with learning disabilities, therefore fear of, and misconceptions about people with learning disabilities have developed.
The team at Gosforth Civic Theatre aim to raise the publics expectations of what people with learning disabilities can achieve. They do this by creating high quality performance and film work for a public audience. Now they also have our own 200 seat theatre that provides a relaxed opportunity to bring people with learning disabilities and members of the public together on a daily basis. We programme high quality theatre, dance, cinema and music and sell great coffee for everyone, in return social change is achieved.
Marketing manager Scott Forbes, marketing, programming and events co-ordinator at Liberdade Community Development Trust said:
“Kind Currency is all about bringing people with a common ground together, which is what we are about. Kind Currency is another place where people can choose to support us, while make ourselves accessible to everyone, sustaining good for everyone. Both organisations exist to be proud of our community, to support worthwhile people and causes and drive positive change. That’s why we are delighted to be involved.”
Michelle who is a huge fan of the arts and of social inclusion, is very excited to have such a powerful organisation join Kind Currency. She said:
“Local people of all backgrounds deserve a theatre where they can enjoy performance, film, and music. The fact that people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to proactively and positively shape the general publics perception is a clear societal benefit and a model that should be replicated by other organisations. This also has personal impact by building on self esteem and promotes health and wellbeing. It is simply beautiful and I’m delighted our members will be able to support this new family member through Kind Currency.”
Gosforth Civic Theatre uses an entrepreneurial approach to solve social problems, providing free cultural and community activities whilst raising funds to improve a much love building. It brings local people and people with learning difficulties into harmony, providing great art for everyone.