Creatives from across Greater Manchester came together at the Etihad Stadium to celebrate the brilliance of Manchester culture. The Manchester Culture Awards celebrate people, groups and organisations who made culture buzz in Manchester during April 2017 to April 2018, and Z-arts were over the moon to win the award for Inspiring Innovation.
Earlier this year, Z-arts created MY PLANET, a creative arts project aimed at increasing attainment and aspiration for primary aged children in Hulme and Moss Side. Supported, with both funding and hands on involvement, by the North West Business Leadership Team, they worked with Webster Primary School in Hulme to inspire the next generation. The class wrote poetry, created models, went on site visits to NWBLT companies, wore reflective jackets, built volcanoes, danced, and built a planet entirely of their own design. It was a different way of learning for them and a different way of communicating for the grown-ups involved, using a practical, hands-on approach to engage and inspire the next generation. It was brilliant to see the results of the MY PLANET project, and even more brilliant to get the recognition for the project at the Manchester Cultural Awards.
CEO and Artistic Director Liz O’Neill said “It was a really great night at the Manchester Culture Awards. I’m extremely proud of the team at Z-arts for winning Inspiring Innovation, and it was great to see so many inspiring people in one place last night. The Manchester Culture team organised a brilliant inaugural event and the support for arts and culture in this city has never felt stronger. Huge congratulations to all winners and nominees!”
The NWBLT is delighted that Z-arts has won this award and are pleased that MY PLANET is getting the recognition that it deserves for being such an innovative approach to learning.