LEAP was founded by Caroline D'Souza in Jan 2020. After many years producing and managing arts and health projects as an employee, I have set up a not-for-profit community interest company with an independent offer.
LEAP works in partnership with artists, partners and participants to develop responsive creative programmes that bring about connection, self expression and culture change.
LEAP works across art forms, commissioning a diverse range of participatory artists.
Home is where the Art Is https://www.brent2020.co.uk/stories/home-is-where-the-art-is/
An intergenerational arts project commissioned by Brent Borough of Culture 2020
Artists working on project:
Chloe Harbour - Participatory artist http://www.participatoryarts.com
Esther Ainsworth - Sound artist http://www.estherainsworth.com
Blog: Connection to Home - Reflections on a participatory arts project during lockdown
Creative Mentoring initiative
Having begun as an initiative developed as an employee at Jewish Care, this Creative Mentoring Programme has continued as a LEAP initiative, until its pause due to coronavirus.
Small cohorts of care staff working with people living with dementia, within Jewish Care's, care homes participate in 12- weekly mentoring sessions with an experienced participatory artist. The artist mentor shares multi-sensory and creative approaches as aids to communication and engagement with residents. The project has a focus on care staff wellbeing and experiential learning.
Artist Mentor: Christina Argyropoulou https://www.hqtherapy.com/therapists/christina-argyropoulou-movement-psychotherapist/
LEAP and Research - Arts and Dementia
LEAP's Best Practice Model, developed from this initiative, was presented at BSG conference 2019, in partnership with Association of Dementia studies, Worcester university.
LEAP was invited to contribute at. The Arts and Dementia: Shaping the Future https://adsdementiablog.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/the-arts-and-dementia-shaping-the-future/#more-435
Caroline is a contributor of https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dementia-arts