Connecting Arts Award with Fun Palaces
Layne Harrod, Sector Support Manager – Arts and Youth, speaks to Paul Martin, Arts Award Programme Leader, to find out more about delivering Arts Award within Sage Gateshead.
Layne: Sage Gateshead has been delivering Arts Award since 2013, can you please tell us about your approach?
Paul: In 2017 we revised our approach to Arts Award so that it was embedded in all our work with children and young people, as well as our concert programme and festivals. We wanted the whole organisation to know about Arts Award and how they could play a part in delivering it. We presented Arts Award to all teams from catering to Royal Northern Symphonia and Classical, with the aim to demystify, promote and explain the value of this qualification to our organisation and the young people we work with.
We recruited two new members of staff to work with the whole organisation to create bespoke Arts Award activities, a network of support at Sage Gateshead and manage moderations, case studies, networking and the promotion of our work.
We now try to embed Arts Award right from the start of a piece of work, rather than add it on at the end and we use the Arts Award framework to support planning and evaluation.
Layne: What are the benefits of delivering Arts Award to your organisation?
Paul: We believe it helps develop youth leadership skills and supports young people who are looking to become future programmers and producers, alongside developing their interest in the arts. Receiving acknowledgment and accreditation often has a positive effect both at home and school. We see Arts Award as a platform for young people to reflect on their work and the work of Sage Gateshead and at times provide structure for their creative learning.
It is also important that young people enjoy it. They can tailor their own learning journey, research artists that mean something to them and try things they like. It’s also a way for young people to celebrate, share and talk about their achievements with others.
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