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OAK: Online Arts DocK: New Creative Website for Teenagers Living with Health Conditions

OAK, the Online Arts DocK, a private web-space where teenagers living with health conditions can interact, share stories, artwork, and music, and develop online arts projects in a safe and secure environment, was launched by Helium in September. OAK has been developed by Helium and designed by web developer and artist Clare Kelly.

The name OAK was inspired by a young creative writer with Cystic Fibrosis who came up with the title ‘Iridescent Oak’ because ‘we’ve come from one seed but go on to become individuals with different personalities – like a branch with leaves. I felt that this was what the site wanted to achieve – a place where we can show off our “leaves”!’

Members of OAK can start their own blogs; share stories, poems and other creative writing on the Files page; create galleries for their artwork and photos; and post topics and chat to fellow OAKers on the forum. Only members of OAK can view content on the website or chat on the forum and the site will be moderated by Helium to ensure that the space is enjoyed by those it is intended for.

OAK is also a space where you can learn how to develop creative projects online. Helium will be running a film and animation week from October 30th – November 3rd 2012 as part of the Two Suitcases Project and OAK members will have the opportunity to participate online and learn skills for developing future online projects. All the information will be posted on the Admin’s Blog and dates and times when you can participate will be posted in the Calendar.

If you would like to join OAK, you can register at Helium will send you a verification email to confirm where you heard about the website and that you are a teenager living with a health condition. You can also invite your friends to join by giving them your OAK profile name for verification.

For more information on OAK email Emma Eager from Helium

OAK and the Two Suitcases Project have been funded by the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme.

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