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Arts Connect creates new opportunities for learning disabled people to take part in arts activities in their communities.

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Get Connected PhotoBirley Oct 2014Get Connected events are lively, interactive networking events for learning disabled people, carers, service managers, artists & cultural organisations. We can all learn from each other and get connected.




Next events:

Eastbourne, 4 October 10:30am – 1pm

Crowborough, 16 October 10:30am – 1pm

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Tracey Dance Yr2Get Creative short courses offer an opportunity to try new things, meet new people and work with professional artists on exciting creative projects in drama, digital arts, music, dance, spoken word, photography, craft and making.





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Next courses:

Get into Nature, Lewes, Thursday 28 September, 5, 12, 19, 26th October (5 week course)

Get into Libraries, Eastbourne Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th November 2017

Songwriting, Crowborough, Tuesday 5 December 10:30 – 1pm  



Get Into Heritage aims to increase access to heritage for people with learning disabilities in Sussex with a view to developing sustainable relationships to support future visits and activity.  Courses are run over 5 weeks and are led by an arts practitioner working closely with heritage staff at each site. Each course will offer creative ways to explore and find out about the heritage at each site.

Wakehurst Place 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November

Birling Gap 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March

Weald and Downland 5, 12, 19, 26 April & 3 May



These supported book groups use books, eBooks and other resources for people who find it easier to understand pictures than words. Books Beyond Words, for example, use pictures to tell stories that engage and empower people, on themes such as love and relationships, health, death and dying, and crime.

Get into Libraries, Eastbourne, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November (5 week course)

Click here to read a blog post by one of our volunteers.



Are you a person with a learning disability, interested in the arts? Would you like to help develop the Arts Connect programme?  Get in touch about joining our Ambassador group.

If you are interested in volunteering as a trainee artist get in touch to find out more.

Arts Connect was recently cited as an example of good practice in A Creative Case for Equal Opportunities. Click here to read more.

To book your place at events or courses, or make sure you are on the mailing list to receive updates, please contact Elli by email or phone 01273 478558.

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Arts Connect is kindly supported by East Sussex County Council, Towner Art Gallery, Wealden District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council.