Wac Arts mission is to empower young people to change their world through performing arts and media.

Wac Arts is building a sustainable and vibrant future. To do this the organisation is on the vital journey to secure support for its deliver diverse and inclusive arts training for those young people in Camden (and surrounding areas) who need it most. Wac Arts believes an arts education and arts enrichment is fundamental for building confidence, developing talent, learning life skills, finding focus and motivation and for developing friendships.

Wac Arts is delighted to announce that they have been awarded £60,000, over two years from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund to support core organisational development. This funding will enable Wac Arts to become more financially robust and therefore allow the organisation to underpin the important work with young people with disabilities, such as the new Reach programme.

Régis Cochfert, Director of Grants and Programmes at Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: 

“At PHF we believe in a society where everyone can reach their potential and that value underpins our Youth Fund. Providing core funding, for a Director of Finance and Operations, means Wac Arts can focus on income generation and sustainability. This will allow them to grow and use the power of the arts to improve the lives of even more young people facing challenging circumstances.”

The Garfield Weston Foundation have awarded £100,000 to enable the delivery of artistic programmes and Arts Council England have awarded a Grants for the Arts Award of £46,000 over two years towards the costs of Supporting Diversity in the Arts Programmes to deliver projects in line with the ambition to raise profile, build partnerships and offer more performance opportunities for young people.

Karen Napier, Wac Arts Chief Executive, said: 

“All three grants are important beyond their funding because they see us engage with organisations who have real commitment to the type of work we deliver and who have expressed a desire to invest in a long term relationship with us. They are endorsing the brilliant work we have been doing and showing a belief in our vision for the future and we would like to say a very big thank you from all of us at Wac Arts for this amazing support”

More information about Wac Arts can be found at www.wacarts.co.uk.