Diverse Futures is a project initiated by Diverse City. We are advocates for diversity in the Performing Arts. We work with inclusive groups of young people, communities and professional artists.

For many years we have been working with The Remix, an inclusive youth performance company based in Dorset, run by
Activate Performing Arts. Many of the young people from Remix who are disabled are incredibly talented, passionate and creative emerging artists but they couldn't figure out how to continue in the performing arts after finishing school. There is a lack of information out there. As a result many are signposted to the social sciences, or general courses in life skills. They are rarely told about professional integrated performing arts provision. We knew this needed to change.

Together with our partners Activate Performing Arts and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation we set out to create Diverse Futures. Our mission was to build an online map as a tool for young people, (as well as their parents/carers, friends and career advisors) and gather new intelligence on what provision there is for young people who are disabled who want to progress in the professional performing arts industry.

Our small but expert team included Emma McFarland as our Research & Mapping Lead who has worked incredibly hard to gather and present all of this information, Ted Giles as our Web Developer who has designed the site, Alice Chutter as Producer to pull everything together and to oversee the whole process. Claire Hodgson, Chief Executive of Diverse City, had the original idea and initiated this project. Diverse Futures is a place to share what we have discovered. We hope that this will help to inspire, educate and develop emerging artists from across the UK and serve as a starting point to mapping out your future plans. In 2015 Diverse Futures won the European Diversity Award Community Project of the Year. Read more[PDF].


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