The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation wants to encourage new generations of students in secondary schools in the UK to engage with the arts and literature, and to gain an international perspective. It wants to provide educational opportunities, to raise aspirations, and to broaden horizons.
In particular, it wishes to engage with young people in local Camden and Islington schools, located within a short distance of the property at No 8 Royal College Street. Despite the recent redevelopment of the King’s Cross area, many of these young people come from socially and economically deprived backgrounds. The Foundation wants to provide these young people with experiences and educational opportunities they might otherwise not possess. This charitable mission lies at the heart of the Foundation’s identity, and forms an important part of its contribution to the local community.
The Foundation delivered an extensive programme of educational placements featuring poetry in 4 Camden schools in 2017, working with students from Maria Fidelis, Regent High, Camden School for Girls and La Sainte Union in a program that involved over 500 students. This schools programme was generously supported by the T.S. Eliot Foundation and, as well as work in the classroom, it included school shows and the publication of an 89-page poetry anthology entitled How We Make Daylight featuring work by the students.
The Foundation is delighted to have facilitated a repeat programme of schools’ placements in Camden in 2018 which is going to have poetry in translation as its main focus, and which will be delivered by its partners at Modern Poetry in Translation.
If you are interested in finding out more about the educational programmes and activities being developed by the R&V Foundation please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org