Discover for families update

BCLM Caroline Bray18Earlier this year our Museum and Heritage Associate, Caroline Bray, wrote about the growing interest in how museums could use Arts Award Discover with families, and a pilot being run to test the idea out. This follow-up shares what two participating museums did, and what they found out. Continue reading


Arts Week and Discover - Abbey Catholic Primary SchoolArts Award Discover is the perfect way to add an extra-special celebration to your end of term arts activities. Whether you are doing an arts day, or a whole arts focused week in your school, Discover can easily and effectively map to your existing plans, meaning that not only will all children take part in the arts, they also get something tangible to remember it by. Continue reading

Add some sparkle to your Christmas show with Arts Award!

It’s a busy time in schools at the moment – not only are teachers battling end of term fatigue, but many schools are in the final throes of putting together their end of year performance. In primary schools this is usually a nativity or Christmas celebration, while secondary schools could have anything from carol services to full-blown musicals, recitals, dance shows and art exhibitions. It’s exhausting just thinking of the options!

But the good news (apart from all the mince pies which hopefully have appeared in your staff rooms) is that Arts Award fits fantastically well with all of these events. We wanted to share just some of the ways you can bring even more value to your winter productions, and help your young people gain their Arts Award at the same time.

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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

Arts Award and the Family Arts Festival

arts ward deda 061Our latest guest blog comes from Charlotte Convey at QUAD.  Charlotte tells us about how Arts Award was used in their Family Arts Festival activities and what they learned ahead of this year’s delivery.

QUAD is a gallery, cinema, café bar, digital resource and workshop that anyone can use.  We are a creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film and create opportunities for entertainment, education and participation.

Our aim for the Family Arts Festival was to encourage our Q Club families to become more actively involved in the creative activities that their children take part in (in Derby) and for those children to achieve a Discover Arts Award.  The project included group activities and suggested go and see performances not only at QUAD but also at Déda. Continue reading