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This year the ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a call to action to invite Rotherham residents to create protest banners on issues that matter to them.

Attendees to the virtual AGM, taking place on Wednesday 8 July from 6pm to 7pm, will be invited to display their protest banners.

ROAR Chief Executive, Sharon Gill, said: “The creation of protest banners is a key theme at the ROAR AGM and fits closely with the organisation’s ethos which sees creativity as fundamental in stimulating social change.”

“Protest banners can be about any issue and be a creative response to whatever is affecting you that you would like the world to know about.”

ROAR is inviting Rotherham residents attending the AGM to display protest banners in their  Zoom profiles thereby holding a virtual protest online.

ROAR has also engaged a keynote guest speaker, Keith Khan, an artist with several decades experience of working across a wide range of art forms; digital art, film; carnival; as well as being the first Creative Director of RichMix a multi-cultural arts organisation in London’s East End and the Millennium parade down The Mall.

Keith Khan was invited to speak due to his long running experience in the arts, and said: “ I hope to inspire artists to keep creative and resilient in this crisis and be bold in reimagining our collective futures.”

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Sharon Gill, added: “ROAR is here to support artists. During Covid 19 lockdown, we have been contacting members personally to ensure we are responsive to their needs and to advise on different support available to them, we have kept the studios open with guidance around keeping safe and designed and delivered a range of participatory online activity to keep everyone engaged and stimulated.

 “A good example of this is the user led disability drama group, Life Act, who have connected via Zoom each week.

“We believe the arts matter even more in times like these as we continue to work together to ensure Rotherham’s creativity keeps building for a fairer, kinder future.”

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