In 2014, the Foundation made a grant of $300,000 to Outer Urban Projects to provide an avenue for creative, cultural and artistic expression to highly disengaged young people from Melbourne’s outer north.
Outer Urban Projects offers weekly tutorials and ensemble workshops across a range of artistic mediums including dance, music, and creative writing. By offering tuition in a variety of dance and music styles,
Outer Urban Projects can capture the imagination of hard-to-reach young people with a diverse range of interests.
The grant from Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has helped Outer Urban Projects to grow substantially, with over 200 young people attending information sessions, workshops and tutorials throughout 2015.
Outer Urban Projects also offer one-on-one career pathways support for young emerging artists and creative producers. Support can include placement in a master class, a work placement in an arts organisation, or further study trough an accredited arts training program.
The Foundation’s funding has also allowed Outer Urban Projects to launch a social enterprise, which in addition to providing a revenue source for the organisation, offers emerging artists and creative producers paid performance work at events. In 2015, the social enterprise offered casual employment and performance opportunities to 76 young participants and emerging artists.