Wac Arts Interactive
Wac Arts Interactive is an exciting new media project, designed to get young people with mild to moderate disabilities out and about, making friends and having fun. Aimed at 12-18s with a passion for new technology, Interactive encourages creative working with assistive communications and new media.
Interactive sessions offer young people the opportunity to meet new friends, develop their skills in inclusive technology and to explore new possibilities. The group meets weekly during term time and for workshops in the holidays. They also travel across the UK on a series of project trips to share knowledge with young people at different organisations and work towards an online network of empowered young people with disabilities and professionals.
Wac Arts Interactive is an ideal platform for young people looking for direction to follow their passion and develop their creative media ideas. We enable the young people involved to stay at the forefront of the ever-changing world of technological innovation, preparing them for work and further education choices as young adults and challenging current perceptions of young people with disabilities.
The Interactive group works in radio and television production, animation, music technology, DJ and VJ-ing, film-making, 3D printing, App and game development, video mapping and a host of leading edge technical areas. Innovation is key and the sharing of ideas, crucial to the ethos of fun and friendship running through the project as a whole.
Learning through shared experiences also develops communication, social and independence skills, so important for building confidence for the future and independent living. Young people are central in the project’s development and will steer its direction over the coming years. Participants will embark on various trips across the UK to train young people and staff from different organisations, promoting personal and social development and enabling fun and friendship opportunities for all involved.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all at Wac Arts Interactive for giving my daughter the time of her life. I have never known her so happy and to have enjoyed herself so much, which makes me very happy too! We shall be beating a path to your door come Autumn.”
Parent of a Wac Arts Interactive participant.
Staffing and facilities
We have a fantastic team of experienced staff and the building is fully accessible with three lifts providing access to all floors. There is reserved parking for users with disabilities and all of the main spaces are equipped with hearing loops to enable students with disabilities or other access requirements to use all our facilities.
As well as being able to access all the Wac Arts studios and arts facilities, we have a wide range of specialist equipment for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
How to join
This programme is fully funded and provided free of charge to all young people aged 12-18yrs.
To join Wac Arts Interactive and take part in any of the activities, please contact the Interactive Project Co-ordinator, for more information at Interactive@WacArts.co.uk or call on 020 7692 5878.
Wac Arts Interactive is a new three-year project funded by BBC Children in Need.