Over the summer we caught up with Youth Arts Worker Kiara Sullivan to find out how she became involved with Valleys Kids (our Together Stronger partner) and realised her dream of working within the arts.
From taking part in free, fun, drama activities at an early age, Kiara began doing voluntary work with Valleys Kids before going on to university to study Applied Drama.
Since then she's worked as an assistant producer at Wales Millennium Centre, working on our first youth-led commission, Powerful Interventions, during our Festival Of Voice in 2021.
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"It's really important that Wales Millennium Centre offers Creative Voice courses in the valleys as a lot of young people don't have the resource or capacity to jump on a bus or train so having this on their doorstep, in their community where they feel safe and nurtured and know people, is actually really beneficial."Kiara Sullivan, Youth Arts Worker
Kiara now works full time for Valleys Kids as an Youth Arts Worker for Sparc, engaging and nurturing the next generation of young people and introducing them to the arts through of our Creative Voice courses.
She is also our Future Generations Ambassador for 2022–2023, helping to create a brighter future for young people in Wales.
Many of the activities we carry out are a direct result of your kind donations, membership renewals and grant funding. We'd also like to thank the Arts Council of Wales, Moondance Foundation and Garfield Weston, and The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust for allowing us to continue supporting the creative talent, young people and communities that need creativity, now more than ever.