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Faith and urban art at a Norwich primary school 

NYFC Art DayOn Saturday May 3 Norwich Youth For Christ hosted an Urban Arts Day for 30 young people at Catton Grove Primary School, giving them the opportunity to explore their creativity and hear more about faith in God. 

Norwich Youth For Christ (NYFC) partnered with Oak Grove Chapel, TAGS Education and Catton Grove Primary School to host an Urban Arts Day on Saturday May 3.

Throughout the day 30 young people were encouraged to look at different methods of producing urban art and then creating their own designs, learning sketching skills and spray painting in the process.

Urban artist Stephen Lamb from TAGS Education shared his belief in God and the connection between his faith and art to young people who were keen to listen and engage.

NYFC Art Day2Peter Young, Community Youth Worker of Oak Grove Trust said: “The urban art was great. Seeing young people who struggle to concentrate in class getting down and really working hard at a project was lovely. The young people were great; they really enjoy spending time with us and asking questions. I think they will remember this event for a long time to come”.

There was a high demand for places and Peter said: “I’m sure if we could fund another one, spaces would fill up straight away!”

Deputy Headteacher Agnes Pattison said: ‘This has been a fantastic opportunity for them to enjoy something other than literacy and numeracy. It’s allowed them to enjoy exploring their creativity.’

Comments from the young people included: "I had loads of fun", "we made good art things", and "it was nice meeting people good at art and it’s nice that they’re good to you and help you".

The project was the first of its kind for NYFC as it looks to develop its youth work in the arts arena.

Libby Redman, NYFC Creative Arts Youthworker said: ‘Through this Urban Art Day we were able to show the young people in a different and engaging way that the church is alive, fun, and a family in which they are welcomed. NYFC are passionate about reaching more young people with the good news and so we planned this day because we recognise that the arts is a powerful tool which helps us to do this and links young people with their local churches.’ 

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