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HYOC2020 is helping to bring the county together

Herts Year Of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) is responding to the Coronavirus crisis by reminding Hertfordshire residents that whilst many events, schools and working in the office might be cancelled, creativity certainly isn’t.

Local artists and groups are finding ways to continue to deliver their creative content online or via activity packs which can be delivered or collected in line with current guidelines. HYOC2020 are sharing these resources wherever they can via social media channels and our new ‘What’s ONLINE’ section at www.creativehertfordshire.com.

A creative project can be a great way to keep children stimulated and engaged; it can alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety; it can bring people together online or it can simply be a way of passing the time.

Hilary Shade, Chair of HACO said: “We want to let everyone know that HYOC2020 is still carrying on but with a change in focus to online content.

“We are keen to shine a spotlight on all the fabulous creativity that’s going on in homes throughout the county.

“Creativity has been proven to improve mental health and wellbeing, which is particularly important at a time like this when things can seem overwhelming.  It doesn’t have to be much, just a quick five  minute break from reality can help lift your mood.”

If you’re looking for some inspirational ideas and activities head to www.creativehertfordshire.com and visit our WhatsONLINE  section.  There’s loads on here from local people and organisations and we’ve picked a few to get you started.

Electric Umbrella have announced the launch of Electric Umbrella TV! Each day, you can join EUTV and their fantastic Music Presenters via Facebook and Zoom for singing, signing, fun and occasional mayhem. Shows are open to all ages (with and without a learning disability) and last 45 minutes. Weekday programmes are at 8am, midday, 4pm and 8pm. Full details and links can be found here:- www.electricumbrella.co.uk

Trestle Theatre is setting a range of resources, challenges and ideas to help everyone stay creative over the coming weeks.  Details are available on their website: www.trestle.org.uk/creativity-through-covid19 .

Those of you who didn’t get chance to visit the UHArts Plastic Matters exhibition where eight artists explore plastic’s potential as inspiration, material, resources and waste, can now do so via a virtual walkthrough at www.herts.ac.uk/uhbow/whats-on/2020-test/2020-spring-summer/plastic-matter

Hertfordshire Music Service is sharing daily music activities and challenges on social media  on twitter, follow @hertsmusic and #hertsmusicmoment.

There’s also loads of national projects taking place online giving access to a huge range of culture, creativity and heritage at our fingertips.


You can also find some local online activities on our Dacorum Borough Council HYOC2020 webpage:  www.dacorum.gov.uk/HYOC2020


Covid-19 funding opportunities and emergency grants

These are incredibly difficult and uncertain times for all, not least for our local community organisations, groups, individual creatives and artists.  We have therefore compiled a list of funding resources that have become available to support communities through the current crisis. Herts County Councillors have opened up their Locality Budgets to support Coronavirus efforts, Herts Community Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund and Arts Council England has announced an emergency package, which includes a funding for individual creative practitioners, artists and freelancers, as well as funding for arts and culture organisations.  For links to these and more funding opportunities, please DBC’s External Funding page: http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/community-living/voluntary-organisations-social-enterprises/other-grants


DBC Community Grant

DBC’s Community Grant has now re-opened and is designed to support community activities and improve the wellbeing of Dacorum residents. The deadline for application is the 26th June. Please visit the webpage for details: http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/community-living/voluntary-organisations-social-enterprises/grants

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