Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund supports Yorkshire Dance Youth

by antonydunn on December 9, 2014

Ann MaguireYorkshire Dance is delighted to announce that it has secured the first grant from the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund, managed by Leeds Community Foundation, which opened for applications in November. The grant will look to support and allow young people from some of the most disadvantaged areas in East Leeds to gain accreditation through the Arts Award.

Yorkshire Dance runs a targeted dance project for ages 11 to 19, providing free dance classes and performance opportunities for young people from specific postcode areas in East Leeds.

Yorkshire Dance Youth (14-19) and the newly-relaunched Yorkshire Dance Youth Juniors (11-13) are creating high quality issue-based dance to tour back into the communities of East Leeds. We have sufficient funding through the Igen Trust to enable those participants in the senior company to gain accreditation through the Arts Award, and this generous grant from the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund now enables us to do the same for the members of the junior company.

Arts Award is a nationally-recognised accreditation managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England and is a series of personal learning-based programmes which develop both arts-related and transferable skills such as creativity, communication, learning and teamwork.

This grant of £1500 will support the lead artist to become an Arts Award Advisor, and all members of Yorkshire Dance Youth Juniors to take the Arts Award at Bronze level.

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund will remain open for applications from individuals and community projects until Friday 30 January 2015. Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from

See a short piece about the award on ITV’s Calendar News (Wed 10 Dec 2014) here.


Ann Maguire Educational FundThe Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund has been created through donations made in memory of Ann Maguire, a well-loved and respected school teacher from Leeds who was tragically murdered in her classroom in April 2014. Ann had an incredible gift of identifying potential in her pupils, whilst giving them the encouragement and strength to help realise their goals. In her honour, the fund wishes to continue her work by enabling and developing the aspirations of young people.


Leeds Community Foundation

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