Fuelling the next creative generation
boomsatsuma was created in 2011 to deliver the highest quality arts and creative opportunities for children and young people in the West of England.
Since then we have delivered projects to over 2000 children and young people and have raised investment of more than £500,000 from funders including Arts Council England, Children in Need, Quartet Community Foundation, Youth Music, and the Creative Employment Programme.
We are at the forefront of raising the quality of work with, for and by children and young people and were invited by Laura Gander-Howe, Head of Learning at Arts Council England, to be one of the organisations testing the Arts Council's Quality Principles for work for, with and by Children and Young People.
We pride ourselves on developing new models of cultural engagement for children and young people. In Weston Super Mare we have set up a Creative Space run for and by young people. The Creative Space is currently running weekly workshops in art and dance, a choir and the Weston Ensemble music project.
We deliver youth work and youth arts work in North Somerset and South Wiltshire and have secured funding from the Youth Investment Fund to create boombox mobile youth provision.
In 2015 we were the largest single employer of creative apprentices and interns in the South West and our model of empowering young people has produced young people's led business units developing arts enterprise in Bridgwater Arts Centre and for BANES Arts Development team.
From this model we have developed what is now a highly successful video production unit boomsatsuma productions (link) creating corporate sales, information and third sector videos with a staff of professional film makers with profits going back into our work with young people.
We are a respected provider of public sector contracts and are currently delivering the Bristol WORKS contract for Bristol City Council and have just completed a 3 year contract setting up a Participatory Arts programme for Bath and North East Somerset Council.
We also run independent creative media and acting courses for post16 learners in Bristol and are an established training provider acknowledged in the region as changing the face of post 16 creative education in Bristol.
Thank you to all our partners and funders for supporting this valuable work