The Friends groups of libraries in Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth and Wyke Regis are supporting a year-long digital arts programme for young people and adults.
The funding is coming from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant and the focus will be on celebrating diversity with a selection of artists.
There will be bespoke events for specific community groups, including adults living with dementia. Activities will also support mental health in young people, and adults and children will have the opportunity to engage in Arts Award Discover and Explore.
The range of activities will include author events, music, arts, poetry, and dance linked to national celebrations such as National Poetry Day, Black History Month, October 2021, LGBT+ History Month and World Book Day.
Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Customer and Community Services said: “This National Lottery-funded investment will enable more people to experience art and culture locally, whilst also helping address mental health and wellbeing, and social isolation.”
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