Congratulations to The Cree Studio who have been nominated in the Altogether Now – Accessibility Award category. VOTE NOW!
We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about your project
The Cree Studio provides learning and development opportunities in music and short film production for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and works with local schools, community organisations and the wider community to deliver a range of personalised projects for participants. The Cree Studio is known for being a unique innovative and creative service which helps individuals achieve their chosen outcomes. The Studio is part of Newton Stewart Activity & Resource Centre, a Social Work Day Service which offers support to Adults with Learning Disabilities. The Cree Studio currently works with children from age 8years up to adults age 76years of age. Popular within the studio is music composition, jazz and rock guitar tuition, use of midi-grid, eye recognition software to assist people with poor mobility, communication through music & song writing, Kaossilators, Theramin, Soundbeam and Aerodrums.
How long have you been established?
The Cree Studio was developed in 2010 after requests from members of Newton Stewart Activity & Resource Centre. Originally intended to provide guitar tuition, we now deliver a range of personalised projects for participants such as music tuition, animation, special effects, song writing, music recording, specialist sound equipment and much more! Over the years, The Cree Studio has grown to offer a different kind of service, giving opportunities to all, anything can be achieved!
The outcomes for people include skill development, enhanced self confidence and communication using creative ways.
What have you got planned for the next year?
Over the next 12 months, we are developing skills and increasing confidence of those who use the service. Individuals who originally came to the studio for music tuition are now getting together to develop a band, we would like to support this and hopefully support people to record albums and play together in public.
We would like to expand our resources to enable different options for people with complex needs, we already have specialist equipment which allows everybody to take part in the studio, we would like to increase what we can offer and respond to a wide range of needs.
We are starting a Ukulele band with community users who have shown a strong interest in this as well as working closely with schools to develop knowledge and skills of the youth today.
We hope to expand the room within the current premises to include a sound proofed recording booth. We are also working with the wider social work services to educate and raise awareness of services and good practice, sound tracks for films and animations will be composed and recorded by members of the community, involving everybody in everything we do.
What has been the highlight of your journey thus far?
The Cree Studio has won many awards for the unique work it has done which is always very humbling to everyone involved.
We are delighted to see so many individuals achieve their individual outcomes from recording an album, singing in public, learning a new skill to being part of a group, growing in confidence and uncovering hidden talents. It is a true pleasure to support others and make a difference to peoples lives through music.
One of our key highlights would be supporting individuals to communicate through increased confidence and music, it is great to hear people speak up and tell us what’s wrong, previously not being able to this. Specialist equipment has enabled different ways of communication and is very popular within the studio.
How does it feel to be nominated for this award?
We feel very humbled and excited to be nominated for this award, everyone in the studio works hard, supports each other and makes what they want happen! We are very grateful and appreciative for the nomination, thank you for the recognition of our work.