The CREATE project is under threat from the County Council.
The CREATE project aims to give children across Cambridgeshire fantastic opportunities to learn from some of the country's best people in music, dance and theatre.
Orchestras, bands, dance groups and many other performers come to Cambridge every year to perform in the city's theatres and concert halls. They are often willing to give master classes, but only if the timescales fit with their busy schedules. This means that there are often opportunities available to children in Cambridge which are not available to those further away. The CREATE project enables children across Cambridgeshire to take advantage of these opportunities.
The project had had County Council backing until the Tories took back control of the County last year. It received an allocation of £1 million from the Arts Council, but now the Conservatives on the County Council want to pull the plug on this investment. By refusing to allow the project to use St Lukes Barn, a building which is in poor repair and little used at present, they are putting the whole scheme in doubt.
The Lib Dems think this is crazy; the facility to do seriously high-quality webcasting would give children and young people across Cambridgeshire and the wider area access to amazing musical and other opportunities that are often only available to children living in Cambridge itself.
Please sign our petition to save the CREATE project:
"We the undersigned call upon Cambridgeshire County Council to support the proposal for a new arts facility at St Luke's Barn in Cambridge—the only option of its kind with identified funding—which would provide access to top quality music education for children from right across East Anglia, by providing a venue for webcasting and teaching via the internet."