Growing Hearts and Minds is a project funded by Mind and the Big Lottery through the Ecominds scheme. It is an arts and green space project based in Northwood Park and surrounding areas in Stoke on Trent, UK.
The project aims to engage local people in participatory artistic and social activities that increase creative and horticultural skills of participants. At the same time we hope to improve use and apprecation of Northwood Park and other communal green-spaces situated right on our doorstep.
The project delivers regular activities and seasonal events to support positive mental health and wellbeing by adding some sparkle to our everyday lives with community performances, picnics, workshops, chats, walks and other methods that enable us to come together, use or time creatively for community benefit.
At B arts we welcome the challenge of working with people excluded from other opportunities, and enjoy mixing groups of people from different backgrounds. We do not, fundamentally, see much difference between elders, toddlers, young asylum seekers, parents, disadvantaged young people, artists or anybody else with whom we work.
Growing Hearts and Minds is a creative project running to the end of 2011. It has been developed by the Barefoot Doctors project - an arts programme organised by B arts.
If you are a local resident seeking new opportunities – to try out some new skills or meet new people, please get in touch – or if you are a member of a local organisation wants to be involved please contact us.
Telephone +44 (0)1782 717326
Please note that all the artwork generated through this project remains the copyright of the participant / artist who created it. We would appreciate that you don’t use any of the images or words without asking our permission. We are very happy to respond to any requests to use artwork - just drop us a line with details of the work you are referring to.
This project works in partnership with various community groups and organisations in Stoke on Trent including Brighter Futures, Changes and local schools and children’s centres, it is also supported by Stoke on Trent City Council.