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The Arts Society Birmingham
School Visits to Places of Worship in Birmingham

In 2017, the  Arts Society Birmingham (TASB) launched a project to design and publish illustrated guides for school groups visiting places of worship in Birmingham.

The guides promote observation of places of worship, artefacts, imagery and symbols set against a background of local identity , heritage and belief.
 
With Covid restrictions ending actual visits for the foreseeable future, we are enabling children to make virtual visits to places of worship.


The Arts Society Brimingham (TASB) is collaborating with Paul Davies of VYKA (a film company in Birmingham) and Faith Encounter Programme who produced six short films, ‘Six Different Faiths,’ a few years ago.

These films together with new material are being edited into the new format for primary schools. In addition to the tours and guides, a resource pack of follow up activities reflecting different cultures is being developed.
 
The places of worship include:

Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara,
Shri Venkateswara Balaji temple,
Singers Hill Synagogue,
Birmingham Progressive Synagogue,
Birmingham Buddhist Vihara,
Birmingham Cathedral,
Birmingham Central Mosque.

Sheila Williams (WM Trails of Discovery), Piers Wolf (photography) and some members from the West Midlands have helped TASB.

The creation of resources is becoming an interfaith project in itself with contributions from the places of worship. These include: stained glass, stories, music, dance, sacred geometry and Vedic maths, calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts and stories of a building and Tree of Life.
 

More information about this project can be found through these links:
 
Facebook 

The Arts Society West Midlands Area Website 

Email the Volunteer Project coordinator: Liz Dancey 
 
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