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Beyond Bricks

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Beyond Bricks kick starts the month of May, bringing together artists and residents to deliver a series of creative projects. The aim of the project is to encourage local communities to work together, empowering them to become more involved in local issues that affect them and their neighbourhoods.

Building on the success of last year's event, the programme has an enhanced schedule of events across the next four months, which hope to enrich the lives of even more people in the West Midlands area.

In a collaborative effort spearheaded by Urban Living and Arts Council England and managed by local community arts organisation Multistory, the programme will now reach out to Newtown, Handsworth, Soho Finger and Gib Heath, Smethwick, Lozells, Ladywood, Birchfield and Winson Green.

Working with Neighbourhood Managers, whose jobs are to act as an intermediary body between the council and residents in regards to local issues, each of the projects have been tailored to use a creative approach that would most benefit residents. The program promises to be as varied as the areas it hopes to affect with projects ranging from the creation of a permanent piece of art in Waver Hill Park, the creation of a magazine that highlights local events and achievements in Handsworth, and working with tenants on Livingstone Road Allotments.

Sophia Coker from Urban Living said: ?The ethos of the event is to bring communities closer together. We hope that by offering a series of fun and engaging activities, these stand alone communities will come together to celebrate their culture, heritage and the pride they share for their local community.?

Chloe Brown, Arts Manager at Multistory said: ??Through art people can come together, share experiences and learn something new. By developing the projects as a direct response to local need, we have created a diverse programme with lots of exciting artists working across the pathfinder area giving a broad range of community members the opportunity to get involved in their local neighbourhood and to start making a difference where they live whilst having fun, learning something new and getting creative.?

For more information about the Beyond Bricks project, visit