Below are four case studies from current projects running at The Urban Arts Centre:Applied arts department.
UNIT7, ISA Project Case study
Sex: Male (I1)
Educational background: (I1) has not attended education since Art College where he achieved B-tech arts and design he is also self taught in music and music theory.
Since having a breakdown brought on by stress (I1) has not been in education or work and this has lead him into long term unemployment for at least 30 years. (I1) has suffered from depression and an inability to socialise with others which he claims has lead to alcohol problems, relationship problems which have added to his self image of person- as he puts it... ‘...with little ore no future’
(I1) motivation for coming on the course was to ‘record music and make a CD to give to people he met...’ and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of practical performance work in the course, which he relished as he finally had a platform for his musical talents... ‘a place to express my musical feelings.’ Which he tells me has improved his performance to the extent where he feels able to develop an initial CD of 6 tracks ‘from training in how to record in a sound studio, a book of his lyrics and through his training on computers- Microsoft word and publisher and marketing and presentation skills he has been able to have published his book through a local publisher to whom he was sign posted through the Change for Change course.
The process of product development has been reinforced with another aspect of the course which has suited (I1)immensely. He has honed his performance skills and taken all performance opportunity which as he said is an opportunity for him to sell his CD.
(I1) has learnt some valuable lessons through enrolling on the Chance for change course and states that being on the course ‘...has made his dream come true. He is now running his own music and arts group with others who have had a break down. He is planning to tour further a field with his music and produce another album which he hopes will be released by a national record company___________________________________________________________
UNIT7, ISA project: Case Study
Background: Individual 2 (I2) has found life difficult to come to terms with since his mother died and his father went to prison. Cared for by a Step mother from his early childhood he took his family angst out on the world, his local community and neighbourhood, following in his older brothers foot steps, a prolific criminal, (I2) became a street gang member hanging out on street corners committing petty criminal acts for fun or gang respect.
Educational background: (I2) has not attended education since leaving school where he achieved no formal educational qualifications. Since then Dean’s achievements have been limited, he went on a project management work scheme but failed to complete however he did learnt some skills as a brick layer.
(I2) has always wanted to be a rapper and make it in the music business and by his own admission his motivation for coming on the course was to record his lyrics and make a CD. Upon finding that there was a little more to it than met the eye,(I2) at first struggled. He then discovered his skill for writing lyrics which he went on to relished as he says he finally had a platform for his talents... ‘It is a way of dealing with my mum’s death and understanding my emotions and how to express my feelings in a good way.’ Which he tells me has improved his rapping to the extent where he felt able to develop an initial CD of 15 tracks.
The process of product development has been reinforced by other aspects of the course which has suited (I2) because as he states, ‘I can see now how it is done’. (I2) has made three videos to accompany his songs and these have been posted on U-tube and he is looking to prepare the music videos for a appearance on terrestrial television on Channel U, he has performed in public several times and in front of the Chief Constable and made a number of radio appearances on local radio. He has honed his technical skills in the studio to a semi professional level working with other young acts as a producer.
Through this process (I2) has learned how to record in a sound recording studio, write his lyrics with proper punctuation and rules of literature, use video editing and camera and through his training on computers- Microsoft word and publisher and marketing and presentation skills he has been able to have published his CD through a local record company to whom he was signposted by the DJ School
(I2) has learned some valuable lessons through enrolling on the Summer Start course in his own words he is more disciplined and a lot more focused on achieving in life and states that being on the course ‘...has made his dreams come true.’ He is now working on his second album and with others youngsters to help them out of gang culture.
UNIT7, ISA Project
Cast Study3 (I3)
Educational background: (I3)has not attended education since high school where he took examinations in English and maths and achieved four GCSEs and also achieved a grade three music theory with the trumpet.
However since those achievements (I3) has not been in education and following a string of one off manual labour employments he has been unemployed for at least ten years. Previously (13) has suffered from an alcohol problem and social relationship problems which have added to his self perception as an unemployable person- as he puts it... ‘...on the scrap heap.’
(I3) originally came on the course to ‘improve his writing skills’ and was initially overwhelmed by the amount of practical performance work in the contents of the course, which he admitted challenged him in terms of to taking on board others views, criticism and appraisals of his work. This he says helped to improve his work to an extent where he felt able to develop a book of poems and through his training on computers- Microsoft word and publisher and marketing and presentation skills he was able to have published a book of poetry through a local publisher to whom he was sign posted through the course. Also from training in how to record in a sound studio he has made an accompanying CD to sell with his book.
This product forming was reinforced with another aspect of the course which helped with performance skills and gave a performance opportunity which (I3)took advantage of and this was a perfect opportunity, as he put it, for him to sell his books. (I3) took this on board and has since gone onto enrol on to a computer course at Stoke –on-Trent College, gained a Part time job producing a newsletter for a local charity and performs his poetry at local venues, events and recitals where he sells his books and a CDs.
(I3) has taken the change for chance offer by Unit7, the DJ School and NDLC and turned his life around. He hopes to tour further a field with his poetry and achieve formal educational certifications in computers and English language; also he hopes to have another book published and write epic Celtic poetry and perform his poetry.
Cast Study4 (I4)
(I4) has been in institutions all his life, he has tourettes which he was only officially diagnosed with in his twenties although there were indications of it previously. (I4)had a very low self image and when he enrolled on the program always looked at the floor refusing to look anyone in the eye. (I4) has no formal education and attended a special school from which he was expelled during his final year. K’s motivation for attending the program was to improve and publish his animation skills (I4) had been drawing and writing Manga-style comics since the age of 14 becoming inspired by watching cartoons and animations, and later by reading Manga comics, which partly influenced his unique style. (I4) also sings and wanted to learn guitar. He wanted to perform music and his dream was to start a Metal band and perform on an amateur scale locally. He also expressed and interest in learning voice acting.
(I4) used meditation techniques he learnt to reduce stress ‘I hope it will help me to combat most of the stresses and strains of modern life.’ (I4) used the skill he learnt in IT, social Media and digital art to thrive building a website, twitter following of thousands and face book page. (I4) has grown in confidence and self image stating ‘I if feel better than I ever have in my life.’ (I4) has found a way of coping by using somewhat dark and tongue-in-cheek humour to make light of difficult situations. He is currently working towards being a fully published cartoonist through the program and has an interest in one day becoming an animator with an independent UK company.