When Nysa was a young Watford based artistic organization there was a plethora of public and community art activities available to engage with. These events offered fledgling artists opportunity to develop artistic skills and build some excellent relationships with other organizations. Today Watford has lost most of its Festival/Carnival heritage and we await the day that Watford streets and public spaces will be taken over in favour of dancing, music, costume and creative activity…
In 2010 Nysa Projects together with Watford Recycling Arts Project secured funding to deliver carnival workshops in the community and programme a live showcase event hosted by the Pump House Theatre.
Nysa and WRAP developed activities working with the widest possible community participation. It was our intention to ensure that the profile of alternative art forms, alternative energy, the recycling message and community art was raised again in Watford to level enjoyed in the past.
As part of Watford LIVE!, lead in community workshops were programmed to be delivered by lead artists. The funding secured from Awards for All enabled workshops based in different community settings. Structured sessions in costume making and circus skills culminated in a vibrant procession involving all workshop attendees. Watford LIVE! workshops engaged with young people and adults and allowed us to develop strong working relationships with and within new communities. In using more alternative art forms such as large-scale, structural costume making and circus skills, it was our objective to engage with hard to reach groups often excluded from arts activity and community events.