STEAM Powered Creativity

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The concept of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) is something we’ve discussed previously, especially when it comes to the idea of incorporating the Arts to create a STEAM education focus. Including creative subjects alongside STEM is vital to giving children and young people a well-rounded education. We also know that can be a challenge, which is why we wanted to offer some ideas on how you can turn STEM into STEAM!
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5 Ways Arts Awards Can Support Your School’s Performing Arts Department

2S4B4825Let’s be honest, we are all too aware of the pressures facing schools when it comes to offering a broad and balanced arts curriculum. Recent changes, along with accountability measures and the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), have put tremendous pressure on arts departments across the country. Unfortunately, this has led to many schools reducing the teaching time available for arts-related subjects or dropping them completely.

We here at Arts Award like to look at the positive side of things and don’t believe that it’s all doom and gloom. Arts Award is a great way to accredit a KS3 performing arts curriculum, helping you add value to your extra-curricular offer and raise the profile of your department. Our Impact Study illustrates that young people who complete an Arts Award are more likely to choose an arts subject at GCSE, BTEC or A Level, helping to maintain arts departments in schools and advocating for the value of this education. So, how can you go about making the most Arts Award when it comes to the performing arts? Check out our five handy tips below. Continue reading

Supporting the UK’s creative sector

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At Arts Award we recognise the huge contribution that the arts make to everyone’s lives, and the opportunities which participating in the arts can offer to young people. Not only this, the economic argument stacks up as well. The creative and cultural industry is the fastest growing sector in the UK economy , and as a whole the UK is the third largest exporter of goods and services in the world, behind only the USA and China.

As we enter the run up to the snap election called for 8 June 2017, not only are political parties slowly releasing their manifestos, many arts, creative and cultural organisations are also publishing their calls for the potential future of the UK’s creative and cultural sector. Continue reading

Digitising the Arts

2S4B1466Nesta’s Digital R&D Fund for the Arts recently published a report on how arts organisations are using technology to support their work. They concluded that those engaging with technology and embedding digital into their offer are “…most likely to see positive impacts on their organisations – in the audiences they reach, the way they operate, and in their creative capacities.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed technology on the blog – last year we talked about how arts organisations can encourage a move from STEM to STEAM education. But in light of the Nesta report we want to celebrate those projects which have embraced technology, including one centre who recently completed an entirely digital Bronze Arts Award! Continue reading

MozFest-tastic

Mozfest2012_5Arts Award Associate for youth and community, Julie Neville, tells us all about taking Arts Award to MozFest this November, and the growing potential for delivering the award through digital arts.

I’ve been supporting EPIK, a Kent-based Arts Award centre dedicated to Encouraging Programming in Kids. EPIK has been developing resources designed for schools and youth clubs to encourage the delivery of Arts Award through coding, Minecraft and other tech.

When I heard that the director at EPIK was also a regional co-ordinator for Mozilla Clubs and she was going to be running the Youth Zone at this year’s MozFest, I jumped at the chance to get Arts Award involved. Continue reading