A Derbyshire company is helping more than 500 primary school children pull on their dancing shoes and help raise aspirations, build confidence and improve their learning and development.
There are three strands to the outreach work, including The Start programme which helps children in Derby who have limited opportunity to engage with the arts.
During the project children will create and perform a dance and make at least two visits to Déda to see a visual arts exhibition and a performance by a professional dance company.
The project is aimed at children who may miss out on a cultural and creative education and is designed to show them that museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls, are places that will welcome them.
The funding will also enable STEAM – a project in partnership with Rolls-Royce and award-winning circus performer Matt Pang from PanGottic – to work with local schools.
Children will be amazed and inspired by an interactive circus performance and then get the chance to explore the science behind the tricks and to create their own contraptions and performances.
This project aims to improve opportunities and outcomes in STEAM subjects - science, technology, engineering, arts and maths - for disadvantaged young people.
The funding will also support This is Derby, a project that helps children and young people aged five- 18 years to develop their essential life skills through participation in arts, culture, sports and leisure activities.
Lubrizol’s spokeswoman, Karen Clegg, said: “Lubrizol is passionate about supporting the next generation and the fact that these projects take learning beyond the classroom, empowering children and young people in a fun and exciting environment made it an easy decision to support.
"We know that Little Steps, Big Change has had a huge impact on children's confidence, their communication skills, and has led to the personal development of thousands of children.
“We are delighted to be working with Déda to provide help with these opportunities for children in Derby."
To thank Lubrizol for its support Déda is naming a seat in its theatre after the company, which will be signified by a plaque for the next five years.
Déda development manager Jess Boyle said: “We are incredibly grateful to Lubrizol for its donation, which was a lovely surprise and will make a huge difference to our work with children and young people in deprived areas of Derby.
“Déda is a registered charity and relies on funding to be able to deliver our many projects. We work hard to develop local talent, make our facilities affordable, and to reach the widest possible audience, however we rely on the generosity of our members, supporters and loyal audiences to help us do this.”
If you would like to support Déda telephone 01332 370 911 or visit the website www.deda.uk.com