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Why Chol said ‘no’ to a CEO 

Five years ago we started very real conversations within a very small team about how we would approach the reality that our long term CEO would be stepping down in 2020. Our initial discussions started as you would imagine – do we offer this role internally? Or do we advertise the role?  So how did we end up making the decision to…

Unleashing Creativity, Fueling Confidence: Chol’s Impact Report 22/23

This year, our impact report isn’t just about numbers; it’s a celebration of the creative revolution blossoming across Yorkshire. No fancy jargon, just real stories of young changemakers setting the world alight.  We’ve seen playgrounds of possibility taking root, where laughter echoes and young hands let creativity take the lead. So grab a brew and read all about our 22/23 triumphs, showing…

Writing pages of possibilities at Inspiring Happy Writers

On Friday 10 November we partnered up with the fabulous Grimm & Co for our fully-booked CPD event, Inspiring Happy Writers, a practical training day for teachers and artists exploring imaginative approaches to teaching writing. Using drama, visual arts and story-making, this event aimed to give teachers and artists new, creative ideas to inspire young writers in their schools.  The day was…

Making Time (as an act of care)

Making Time: Evaluation blog by Dr Becky Parry, an independent arts educator and the arts evaluation partner for Chol. What is an act of care? The answer to this question may seem simple, but Chol have been asking questions about care in the evaluation of their practice as equal playmakers in Imaginary Communities (IC). Much of the focus of this work has…

Chol in the Netherlands – Part 2

Co-directors Carly and Jess recently visited the Netherlands as part of our Imaginary Communities Intergenerational project, in an aim to share best practice and knowledge with knowledge institute Leyden Academy and cultural organisation, Amphion Theater. Here, Lieke, PHD student at Leyden Academy, tells us more. How the project began At Leyden Academy on Vitality and Aging, we conduct scientific research on various…

Inspiring Happy Writers

We’re partnering up with Grimm & Co for Inspiring Happy Writers, a practical training day on 10 November 2023, exploring imaginative approaches to teaching writing for teachers and artists. If you are a primary teacher, researcher or artist interested in developing or learning new creative approaches to teaching literacy, this event is for you. About this Event The day will include practical…

Boogying to the Bhangra beats at Daytimers

On Saturday 15 September, we held Daytimers in Huddersfield, a vibrant performance packed with energy, music and dance to celebrate the secret underground music scene, Daytimers. This family-friendly show invited audiences of all ages to celebrate this extraordinary era. Following this, on Sunday, hundreds of people joined us for ‘Hi Celebrate – Heritage in the Hudd’ event where we saw performances from…

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