Glasshouse Arts Centre: Awareness of Autism Gig

from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Awareness of Autism Music Gig at Glasshouse

A Stourbridge College is looking for local talent to show case the musical talents of people in the community with learning difficulties, this Spring.

Jordan Statham,  a student from the Glasshouse College, has been busy planning and organising an evening to showcase the talents of local people in the area who have some form of learning disability.  Jordan himself has autism and he is passionate about raising awareness of the hidden talents of people who have similar conditions.  Jordan attends Glasshouse College which is a specialist independent college that supports young adults with social, behavioural and learning difficulties.  The college provides a unique craft based learning environment, on the former Royal Doulton site. 
Students enjoy learning practical and creative skills in keeping with the heritage of the area.

Jordan recently came up with the idea as he himself is an accomplished musician and he
is well aware of the talent that is within the community. Auditions will be held on Monday 4th March from 6pm until 9pm and again on Saturday 9th March from 11am until 3pm.  The auditions will be held in the Glasshouse Arts Centre which is on the Glasshouse College
site.

All people with learning difficulties who think they have a musical talent are urged to
audition for the show as it is going to be a big celebration of the talents of Stourbridge and the surrounding area. 
The final celebration is due to be on 11th May and all proceeds from the show will be donated to Autism West Midlands who are also supporting the event by helping to set up a personal display of peoples views on Autism.

Jordan says “I want to make sure that people realise that even though some one has a learning disability such as autism, they can still contribute to society in a creative and meaningful way”.

Gail Hickman, Enrichment Manager at the college says “ Jordan is passionate about
this project and has already worked so hard on it.  He has found funding to put on the event and has the full support of the college to make sure the event is a success.  All we need now is the talent to come forward!”

The Glasshouse College is a specialist FE College offering education and care in young people aged 16 to 25 who all have learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, many with severe autism and aspergers syndrome. Students  come from all over the UK and undertake a three year course that specialises in the use of traditional crafts within the curriculum including glassblowing and glass cutting, weaving, pottery, jewellery making, stone carving, bronze casting, blacksmithing, drama, mask-making, catering and hospitality, students through this students have the opportunity to increase their self esteem and to develop skills in communication, numeracy, literacy, ICT, team-building, work competence, employability, and independent living.

As well as the talent of people with learning difficulties, Jordan has asked local celebreties Robert Plant, Andy Edwards, Kevin Gammond, Brian Tatler and Rob Groucutt to attend and support the gig and they have given positive responses about coming to the gig.

Other celebrieties that will attend and support the event are members from Neds Atomic Dustbin. 
These details are not to be announced as we want to sell the tickets to the supporters and parents of the local talent.

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