As you may or may not be aware, Nice Time Arts was fortunate enough on Monday to get to the final round of One Manchester’s Community Soup Funding!
Vicky and I went along, I did a rushed and waffly pitch (every community group gets 4 minutes), and then members of the communities of Levvy, Hulme & Gorton are invited to vote, alongside the groups pitching. Four groups won three prizes, and each of the projects that pitched sounded amazing.
So while we didn’t win this time around, we understand that we did super well to get to this stage, especially being such a technically ‘new’ group, and want to say best of luck and congratulations to all the winners! (Especially Men’s Sheds, a project very close to my heart).
It was great to meet everyone, and find out ways we can work together in the future.
I was just getting the marbling inks ready, and was reminded of one of our first official sessions as Nice Time, during our August soft launch. There was such a wide range of ages making beautiful and unique patterns non-stop, for three hours!
Looks like we’ll need to replenish the stock before next week – who’s up for another marbling session in advance of the festive season? Winter can be a difficult time for many reasons, in particular if you have a disability/long term health condition that is often made worse by the cold weather, being stuck indoors, and health services being a bit sporadic what with it being annual leave season.
Our November Zine Club is themed appropriately as ‘Winter Survival’, and we’re just looking to book in some more creative events and groups over the cold ‘festive’ period. I’m thinking marbling might be a good’un – what do you guys think?
What art medium or activity would you really like to try out?
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Thank you so much to everyone who has joined in and supported us during our soft summer launch over the last few weeks.
We had such a great time, and were so happy to see that so many of you did too!
We might be a bit quiet over the next few weeks as we recuperate, unpack, rebrand a little bit (Vicky will do this, not me you’ll be glad to know!), hopefully snap up some more funding, and then we will be back on it with a ton of fun workshops and activities planned; all of which will be – you guessed it – accessible – and – affordable!
Enjoy your Manchester Pride weekend, wherever it takes you, play safe and most importantly – as one young person put it – take up some space! It’s yours! Own it!
As you might be aware we are signed up to EasyFundraising.org
This means you (or even better, your office!) can shop at your usual favourite big retailers as you would do, but the EasyFundraising Chrome extension lets the massive uber company know to donate some of their money to us!
I’ve been super late on realising that this week was the double-donation week and that it ends on Monday!
Anyway, if any of you are partial to some online shopping over the weekend, please click the link below and think of us. Every penny makes a difference and contributes towards our accessible arts programme!
Lots of love
(Don’t shop at any of the logos that crop up that are super baddies (lookin atchoo amazon), obvs, but if you order regularly or even better you work somewhere that does big orders regularly, please sign up to this as the fat cats in the big corps will donate us money as u go about ur usual online business. Thank u <3 )
DUE TO ELLIE BEING IN HOSPITAL (AGAIN!) THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
We’re running the first Nice Time community event of many this Thursday, as Pen Fight joins forces with Still Ill OK to develop and create the disability and chronic illness movement’s first ever ZINE.