In October 2020 for Black History Month – St Helens Borough Council’s Library Service commissioned local creative artist and performer Alexis Maxwell, to create a new animation capturing the voices and stories of some of the borough’s black community. The animation premiered on Tuesday 25 May 2021 to coincide with the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died during arrest by four Minneapolis police officers, one of which knelt on his neck and back for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
To read more about St Helens Borough Council’s Declaration of Intent on Race Equality visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/stopracism - this links to some of the initiatives being run to mark the anniversary and raise awareness of race equality in St Helens.
Welcome To St Helens has been created as part of the award-winning Cultural Hubs programme funded by Arts Council England and delivered by St Helens Borough Council’s Library Service, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation
Alexis Maxwell: www.facebook.com/jeagerjaques.alexis
Arts In Libraries: www.sthelens.gov.uk/artsinlibraries
St Helens Council would like as many residents to complete this short survey they are undertaking to better understand who their digital audiences are, how they engage with their digital work and what motivates them to do so: https://research.audiencesurveys.org/
The survey is anonymous and only takes a couple of minutes, and by completing it, you will be helping to plan their future online digital activity.