When Katie set about doing her Gold Arts Award in 2016 she wanted to explore her own arts practice in digital media as well as support other young people to get involved in digital arts. So when Helix Arts invited Katie to get involved in Mozfest 2016 by co-leading their ‘Off the Beat’ workshop at the festival for her Gold Unit 2 leadership project, it was an opportunity not to miss. Continue reading
Next up in our Meet the Team series is James Wedlock, Arts Award Training Coordinator and talented guitarist and music composer.
This week on the blog we have a guest post from Simon Glenister, Founder and Director of Arts Award centre Noise Solution. Simon shares with us how they deliver Arts Award and enable their young people to reinvent themselves.
We are kicking off the first Arts Award blog post of 2017 by re-posting a great blog from the Youth Music Network written by Rachel Parsons at More Music who talks about how she embedded Arts Award across their youth music programme.
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.
This week we hear from 2015-16 Good Practice Centre Victoria Education Centre, and explore their Arts Award project using the BBC’s Secondary Ten Pieces as a stimulus.
Victoria Education Centre are one of our 2015-2016 Good Practice Centres. Adviser Belinda Ellicott has written a guest blog giving an insight to the early stages of their Arts Award project, and how they’ve built various levels around BBC Ten Pieces! Continue reading
This week Jenni Parkinson from Soundcastle writes about a community project delivered last year following their successful Access Fund grant application which allowed Arts Award to be offered free for young people. Jenni tells us how the Soundcastle team integrated Explore into their delivery with positive results!
In 2014 we offered Arts Award Explore as an optional extra element to our family community project Musical Beacons. The project is based in a community centre in a Tower Hamlets social housing estate, and families with children of all ages attend weekly sessions to compose their own music inspired by their local area and identity.
We offered Arts Award as a way to encourage participants to attend every week, and therefore be able to recognise and celebrate their progress and achievements. Nine young people between the ages of 5 and 10 took up this opportunity, and committed to staying an extra half an hour after the sessions each week for one term. During this extra time we facilitated extension activities, such as opportunities to interview professional musicians, and allowed time for reflection and documenting of their work in the main sessions to build the Arts Award portfolio. Continue reading
Continuing our Meet the Team series, this time it’s the turn of Kat Stapley, Arts Programmes Administrator and talented musician. When she’s not busy organising the panel of Arts Award moderators and trainers, Kat plays the oboe in Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. Continue reading