Step up 4 Respect
Step up 4 Respect is a schools and community visual arts project, and is about taking action for Respect – as we believe that actions speak louder than words. These activities are led by our resident artist, and supported by PDREC staff, a Police Diversity Officer and a seconded Fire Officer, along with Plymouth University teacher training students.
This year we wanted to include a stronger anti-racism and diversity input into our schools' workshops; using lessons learnt from the Fatima's tent project the idea was formulated to create a school engagement programme examining values of respecting difference culminating in the creation of artwork pieces for the Plymouth Respect Festival parade. We also aimed to roll this out to create a community engagement programme, increasing participation by the wider community in different localities.
Typical workshops include arts and craft activities including making wind socks, kites and other pieces with a flying theme, alongside activities to encourage discussion about diversity and difference. Quizzes and games are combined with multi-cultural food tasting to inspire participants to learn about new cultures and to consider issues of respect for others.
These sessions will create legacy pieces to be used as part of the Respect Festival parade, but also for future use in schools and community venues to promote the message of Respect.
The 2013 theme is Flying 4 Respect, and our vision is to create a moving cavalcade of colourful and vibrant flying contraptions and soaring creatures, with the Respect branding clearly visible for all to see, drawing people to the festival and our message of being respectful and celebrating difference.
In the run up to the 2013 event we are carrying out creative sessions in schools and community settings to create pieces of 'flying' art with a respect theme for the parade, which will kick off Respect on Saturday 12th October going from the Plymouth Guildhall through the city centre and up to the new venue at Plymouth University.