Cash bursary on offer to “unexpected community leaders” from Extraordinary Bodies

An acclaimed arts company are looking to work with two potential community leaders from Stoke-on-Trent.
Appetite is bringing Extraordinary Bodies, a professional circus company showcasing disabled and non-disabled performers, is bringing its new show to Stoke-on-Trent this summer.
And the circus company, who performed at the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games, have bursaries on offer for two people who they describe as “unexpected community leaders.”
They are looking for people who are: Disabled, or from a diverse/minority background; interested in leading or activating their community; have the potential to represent their community; are excited about contributing to a national network of unlikely leaders/activists; are well connected within their community; are committed to the arts as a tool for building communities.
In return, the unexpected community leaders will receive a bursary of £1,400 and a fantastic opportunity to work with a professional circus company and gain new skills around working on a community arts project.
Gary Cicinskas of Appetite said: “The two people will be the link between Extraordinary Bodies and communities in Stoke-on-Trent.
“”Extraordinary Bodies say they are not looking for the usual suspects. By this they mean that they want people who have not yet had a chance to fulfil their potential.”
Potential community leaders have until just Friday, June 12 to apply. Please contact Nick White on [email protected] or 07875714995.
Applicants should be able to attend Extraordinary Bodies workshops and the performance of Weighting on August 29 and 30.
Informal interviews will take place in North Staffordshire on Wednesday, June 17.
Find out more about Extraordinary Bodies onine here:
For media enquiries contact Nigel Howle by telephone on 0776 2043436 or email [email protected].

Notes to Editors:
Appetite is the Creative People and Places programme taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 2013 to 2016. Appetite aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. This investment in the arts and cultural sector of the area aims to mobilise and strengthen the skills, knowledge and infrastructure that already exists within the area and provide unprecedented opportunities for more people to see, make and influence more art in the city.
The Appetite programme is funded by Arts Council England and is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. It is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
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