Connector and booster: the culture coach of Platform C
Platform C focuses primarily on youth and young adults to encourage them to actively participate in culture in their own neighborhood and to lower the threshold for this. Platform C does this by deploying a culture coach, a connector and booster between various cultural and social organizations and education. The culture coach works for the entire cultural sector in Amstelveen with the goal of having as many children and youth as possible participate in cultural activities and initiatives in their free time. The culture coach's role is to guide students with motivation, fun and/or talent to activities in the district, close to home. If necessary, the culture coach also develops cultural activities in the districts himself, in addition to existing offerings, such as CultuurKabaal.
CultuurKabaal started as a pilot in June 2021 in the district Bankras/Kostverloren. Under this title two introductory programs of six weeks were offered to children from group 5 to 8. Based on the needs of the target group, the pilot was translated into a program in the district that is offered on a structural basis. The rates are deliberately kept low; financing through the Youth Fund Sport and Culture and Amstelveen Pass is possible for people with a smaller wallet. Meanwhile the districts Groenelaan and Keizer Karelpark have also become involved in CultuurKabaal.
During the Amstelveen Subsidy Speeddates anyone who has an idea for doing something with culture in the district can pitch that idea to a panel of experts. If the panel is enthusiastic, € 1,000 to € 2,500 is made available to carry out the idea. Examples include a neighborhood picnic with music, a neighborhood festival with street theater, setting up a Caribbean drum band, a photo shoot with friends from school, making a short film, a flash mob, in short: almost all ideas are welcome. The first district pitches have taken place in community center Alleman (district Bankras/Kostverloren) and De Bolder (Groenelaan).