With One Voice
Streetwise Opera founded With One Voice, a movement which is building the arts and homelessness sector globally through exchanges in policy and practice. With One Voice focuses on strengthening existing projects, helping new projects to start, raising awareness of the role of arts in homelessness support and influencing policy.
The movement was born out of an event at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad where we brought together 300 performers affected by homelessness; this was the first time in Olympic history that homeless people were given a platform to celebrate their achievements.
Following a successful series of exchanges between arts and homelessness initiatives in the UK and Brazil, we supported a programme involving homeless performers which was part of the Rio Cultural Olympiad in 2016. Significant artistic, social and policy impacts and a global consultation showed a need for a movement which connected, supported and strengthened arts and homelessness projects around the world.
From 2016 we built this movement, and With One Voice has commissioned research and delivered work in Brazil, Japan, USA, Canada and Scotland. In 2018 we produced the first ever international arts and homelessness summit and festival in Manchester, attended by 250 delegates from 15 countries. Festival events and exhibitions reached audiences of over 100,000 people.
With One Voice became an independent organisation in April 2019, marking the departure of Founder Matt Peacock who left Streetwise Opera to lead the new charity With One Voice.
The two organisations retain close links, and as a leading organisation in the arts and homelessness sector, Streetwise Opera is now an active member of the With One Voice movement.