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Whether you're an art gallery, museum,  theatre, library or community arts project, Arts Award can help you attract young people and support them to develop both creative and leadership skills. Arts and cultural organisations can fit Arts Award's flexible framework around existing learning programmes, accredit the work of interns or volunteers, or run open access Arts Award workshops. Young people can focus on any art form, including ‘behind the scenes’ and technical activities. Creative documentation can be part of the programme, such as video diaries, video documentaries and audio interviews.

How Arts Award can work for you?

Whether you're an arts organisationmuseumlibrary, independent practitioner or youth theatreArts Award can help you attract young people and support them to develop both creative and leadership skills.

For an overview of how Arts Award can work in arts and cultural settings, please take a look at our Arts and Cultural organisations leaflet

 

Take a look at case studies from our 2014-2015 Good Practice Centres showcasing their Arts Award delivery. Last year's Good Practice Centres also created films and resources to highlight how Arts Award is embedded within their organisations. 

Arts Award is offered at five levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold

Use Arts Award to:

  • accredit regular activity
  • strengthen a one-off project, such as a holiday scheme or festival
  • kick start a new partnership with a school, youth club or another arts organisation

Arts and cultural organisations can fit Arts Award's flexible framework around existing learning programmes, accredit the work of interns or volunteers, or run open access Arts Award workshops. Young people can focus on any art form, including ‘behind the scenes’ and technical activities. Creative documentation can be part of the programme, such as video diaries, video documentaries and audio interviews. 

By running Arts Award you will attract young people to take part in and enjoy your arts programme. You can accredit regular activity or strengthen a one-off project, such as a holiday scheme or festival. 

Arts organisations often partner with schools or youth clubs to share delivery of Arts Award. This offers young people a professional arts stimulus, builds audiences and generates exciting evidence for their Arts Award portfolios. 

Applications for grant or trust funding may be strengthened if young people are gaining a qualification, helping you cover the costs of training and moderation.  Arts Award provides a framework for projects and offers young people a qualification. Accreditation often attracts participants and may draw in additional funding.   

What people are saying:

'Peshkar boosted my confidence skills because of their awesome workshops. I liked working in a team and the great opportunities I’ve been given where everyone acknowledges your ideas. It’s given me a bright future- without it I wouldn't have as many doors opened for me.’ 

Raabia Hussain, aged 18, Raabia is now working towards Gold

’I really liked that becoming an Arts Awards adviser is something people in arts administration and management can do. Given we're doing all these projects with young people anyway (because we want to and we know there’s a lot we can offer), I think it only makes sense to add value through this process and reward hard work and quality. Also, Arts Award is a great tool for reflective practice for us at the delivery end. We really have to question ourselves: are we planning this activity for the right reasons? Have we consulted enough with the young people themselves? Is this a high quality experience? Anything that helps us step back a little bit and reflect is good.’
Philip Cowell, Head of Programmes at PEN and an Arts Award adviser

 

What next?

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