#SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob 2016

by Encounter Theatre & Therapy in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

A dynamic live performance supporting adults with learning disabilities to claim their right to participate in Exeter's cultural scene.

by Encounter Theatre & Therapy in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd September 2016 we successfully raised £530 with 17 supporters in 28 days

Welcome to the #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob 2016

A dynamic live performance supporting adults with learning disabilities to claim their right to participate in Exeter's cultural scene.

On 21st September 2016 we will be taking over the Guildhall and Princesshay shopping centres with a colourful parade giving a clear message to the people of Exeter that many adults with disabilities need additional support to access Exeter's cultural offer. We are all equal yet there is more work to be done in ensuring that disabled people enjoy the same rights as everyone else. The adults taking part in the #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob will be making a stand for their human rights whilst also enriching our cultural world with what promises to be an invigorating and unique performance. This event brings attention to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008). In particular the right to participate in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport and the pressing need to continue to raise positive awareness and to influence matters of local and national significance.

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This project is brought to you by Amerie and Samantha of Encounter Theatre & Therapy. We are a leading-edge arts and health social enterprise based at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre. We understand that culture is a co-created, live experience and we bring meaning to life through socially-responsive theatre and dramatherapy. We know that opportunities for self-expression empower and transform people's lives. We create projects that support our participants to self-advocate and to be proactive in instigating cultural change.

Nathan, photographed by Robert - two Flashmob participants at Exeter Phoenix

The #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob is part of our on-going self-advocacy campaign for equal rights and sits within our Positive Cultural Participation & Engagement (PCPE) project. We are working with our producing partners CEDA (www.cedaonline.org.uk) for the second year running, bringing together performers of all abilities from various organisations in the Southwest. 

Last year's Flashmob took on the theme of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and enabled participants to access and meaning in their connection to the city wide celebrations. You can listen to our #SeeMe #HearMe audio piece, which was commissioned and broadcast by Exeter's community radio station, Phonic FM.

Stewart and Samantha in Princesshay 2015

This year we are expanding our message to emphasise that there is something each and every one of us can do to bring about positive cultural change. This can be a simple act, such as keeping the needs of adults who have learning disabilities in mind when visiting your favourite cultural venues. Or you can go a step further and donate towards this campaign. There is a great range of rewards which we hope offers something to suit everyone and conveys our gratitude for your support.

The funds we raise here will go towards ensuring that the #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob runs smoothly and effectively this year. They will also help Encounter Theatre & Therapy and our associate artists to continue developing and delivering disability rights work through the PCPE project.

Help us to plan the future: 

If we top our target, your money will be used to continue our campaign beyond this year's Flashmob. With your support we will be able to work with Phonic FM, Stonefree Photography, a local film maker and branding experts Alder&Alder to gather evidence of this year's Flashmob and disseminate news of the wider campaign through local and national media channels.

Over the next year we will also be working hard to expand the reach and influence of The Audience Club, a club offering a programme of Exeter's best performances, in a way that is accessible for adults with learning disabilities. We aim to increase our membership, create opportunities for our members to dialogue with venues and ensure support is in place for them to be active decision makers in their own cultural experience.

Ultimately, your support now will help us to gather the resources and momentum needed to make this year's event a success and build towards an even bigger, brighter and louder Flashmob in September 2017.

Thank you for your support!

You are helping to ensure that an important message is seen and heard loud and clear: 

More work needs to be done to ensure that disabled people enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else. Not only is it their right but it is also the right thing to do and we can all do something to enable this.

The #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob is supported by Exeter City Council. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

SPREAD THE WORD! We will send you an advocacy postcard pack printed with our campaign motto - #SeeMe #HearMe, and our slogan - I have the right to participate! You can send them to your favourite venue or to a friend, helping us to broadcast our message loud and clear.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

JOIN US! We will send you a Participant Pack. This will contain all the information you need to join in with us on the day. Or you can display the banner in your window to help us to broadcast our message loud and clear.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

BE SEEN! Show the world that you support this call to action. We will send you a natural cotton tote bag printed with our campaign motto - #SeeMe #HearMe, and our slogan - I have the right to participate! Our main partners and star donors will also be named on there, so check out the Rewards below if you would like to be on that list...

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

MEET US! Come to Exeter Phoenix for tea, coffee and cake with Encounter Theatre & Therapy's two Artistic Directors, Amerie Rose and Samantha Wraith. Perhaps you are an Arts & Health practitioner looking to make work in Devon? Maybe you are a new drama graduate curious about dramatherapy? Or is your thing social enterprise? We have knowledge to share about who we are, where we came from and what has helped get us to where we are today.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

THANK YOU! Contributing this amount or above makes you a Star Donor! Your name and/or logo will be printed on our tote bag and included on our website and in our social media campaigns. Please email your details to Admin@EncounterTT.co.uk

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

INSPIRE YOUR EMPLOYEES! Encounter Theatre & Therapy's two Artistic Directors, Amerie Rose and Samantha Wraith, will attend your corporate event to give a presentation on disability rights and access to culture. This seminar is guaranteed to stir the heart and mind of your organisation. We will leave you with a clear message that there is something everyone can do to support people with disabilities to enjoy the same rights to culture as everyone else. Your company logo will be printed on our tote bag and included on our website and in our social media campaigns. Please email your details to Admin@EncounterTT.co.uk Note: Travel within Devon is included in this reward. We are happy to travel further afield if two return train fares are also pledged.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF! This top reward is our favourite. Encounter Theatre & Therapy's two Artistic Directors, Amerie Rose and Samantha Wraith will come to your next team building day and deliver a PCPE* workshop guaranteed to leave you all smiling. The underlying themes of our PCPE work are Communication, Visibility, Self-expression and Self-advocacy and the only rule is that there is no right and no wrong. We will skillfully facilitate the group to play and learn together, leaving a lasting legacy of camaraderie and respect within your team. Your company logo will be printed on our tote bag and included on our website and in our social media campaigns. Please email your details to Admin@EncounterTT.co.uk *Positive Cultural Participation & Engagement (PCPE)

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