Parkwood youth have a lot to look forward to when a new venture in the community kicks off.
The Genesis Community Arts Project was officially launched at the Hyde Park Primary School on Thursday 25 August which aims to “invest in the spirit of the next generation”.
Hyde Park Primary music teacher Ingrid Solomon says they now want to bring the arts back into their school and community.
“We want to focus on introducing our pupils and youth to the arts. We want to focus on the visual arts, dance, music, drama and creative arts,” she says.
Solomon explains music was previously offered at the school but “it was a situation where teachers who are not specialised in the arts had to present the subject”.
“This placed even more strain on the teachers who already work in demanding environments. We now want people who are specialised in the arts to bring it to our community of Parkwood,” she says.
Solomon says the project will for now focus on music. “Our dream is to get an ensemble playing for this community. Imagine Parkwood listening to a 200-strong ensemble with all their proud parents. It will be something magical,” Solomon says.
The school has also made a call for donations to sustain the project and for assistance with musical instruments.
Musical conductor and teacher Christopher Siljeur says he has high hopes. “This project will mean so much to the community but we cannot make a success of it if we do not have community buy in as well. We need stakeholders to become involved and to assist us with donations to sustain the initiative and to keep the project going,” he says.
Siljeur says he started his professional training seven years ago. “If only we all had the opportunity that is being presented to these kids where they can start as young as Grade 3. We need to start them young.”
The concept and vision was motivated and pitched to the Parkwood community as well as other stakeholders highlighting funding and sustainability of the programme.