How you can help MAP, the charity with vision for Leeds' thriving culture

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  • Tom Smith
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Who are MAP Charity?

MAP (Music & Arts Production) Charity offers BTEC qualifications in Creative Media and Art & Design, alongside Maths and English, to 11-16 year olds. Our education provision is positioned alongside the charity’s work with businesses and creative partners: from screen printing firms to musicians, we offer space and support, and in return they provide our students with teaching sessions, tangible examples, and the opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt in real working environments.

We have trialled and will soon add apprenticeships for over 16s, extending our support to young people beyond the existing education programme. All of this is delivered at the historic Hope Foundry, nurturing the next generation of creative professionals.

“MAP Charity are looking to provide a replicable model resolving the tension between regeneration and the support, retention and preservation of the existing strengths of an area and the community within it. This is an important project for our city, and ever more relevant in the light of Leeds’ cultural aspirations.”

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Our vision: The Hope Foundry Project

Hope Foundry is MAP Charity’s current home of ten years, under which we have developed a bold new vision. We plan to see this stunning building further evolve as a vital creative hub for Leeds, opening its doors to new facilities and spaces in 2020 to benefit the whole community. This will allow for our impact to be amplified, reaching new and wider audiences while positively contributing to the local economy.
Built in 1831, Hope Foundry is a stunning Grade II Listed building with a long standing history of making, creating and inventing as part of Leeds’ proud industrial heritage. With the site under threat of redevelopment into luxury flats, we are working alongside the community, the council, investors and the owners of Hope Foundry to enact an alternative vision for the site. This will ensure that MAP Charity’s pioneering work with young people continues to develop and inspire, delivering a sustainable legacy for Leeds.

How will it look?

Purchasing Hope Foundry will enable MAP Charity to create a kitchen, café, roof-garden, studios, co-working, event, gallery and retail spaces whilst safeguarding the charity’s central provision for young people. The plan is to create a single site with multiple uses, that directly feeds back into the common goal of advancement of future generations, particularly for those with less opportunities to pursue creative paths

Here's how you can help MAP

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Become an ambassador
We’re relying on your voice to help amplify that of our young people. As an Ambassador an introduction from you to a potential funder could make a huge difference to this project. Help us connect with those who might not have heard about us but could support our vision!
Pledge to raise upwards of £50,000 to secure MAP Charity’s future and make this vision a reality. Your phenomenal contribution will be acknowledged through a range of channels across our campaign and a specially commissioned artwork

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