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Braintree children to benefit from free creative materials

Braintree children to benefit from free creative materials

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The Royal Opera House Bridge is working with its art and cultures community to provide free creative materials to local children in Essex

The Royal Opera House Bridge is working with its art and cultures community to provide free creative materials to local children in Essex, including those in Braintree, as part of a national programme with Arts Council England.

The Royal Opera House Bridge, Arts Council England, 17 Primary schools, cultural providers, district councils and charities are providing creative art materials and ideas to children in Harlow, Braintree and Jaywick during the COVID 19 pandemic.

The ROH Bridge and ACE say that culture and creativity is essential for the health and mental wellbeing of children and young people and it has never been more important to keep the arts alive - wherever children are.

Distribution is being led by local schools and community groups to ensure these packs will be in the hands of children and families who may be finding it difficult to access creative learning materials and activities during lockdown. Over 1000 children across the 17 schools will receive the packs over the next week after just days of coordinating and packing.

Children can expect to see things like paints and crayons and paint brushes, sketchbooks, scrap books, Jumbo glue sticks, rainbow scratch art magnets and much more. Also included are newly released creative activities from The Royal Opera House’s virtual classroom, giving children access to activities they may not have had before the COVID 19 pandemic.

Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive has contributed a range of activities relating to Braintree's local history and part of our educational resources. These can also be accessed online at braintreemuseum.co.uk and warnertextilearchive.co.uk.

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism said:

“It is great that children in the Braintree District will benefit from free creative materials during this time, it will be a real benefit to some families. It is excellent to see Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive contributing to this initiative so children can learn about local history. We are proud to support the local cultural education partnership financially to ensure children and young people can access the mental health benefits of the creative arts.”

The head of John Bunyan Primary School and Nursery said:

“Our work with The Royal Opera House over several years, has always provided special, memorable opportunities for our children. In these unprecedented times we are delighted that they are supporting us in providing packs of art materials for our families which will enable our children to have access to resources at home which they love using in school. We know that they will be very excited to create and express their feelings and emotions through their artwork and we look forward to sharing and celebrating their ideas together when we return to school.”