How Arts Award can work for Libraries
Arts Award can help you attract young people and support them to develop both creative and leadership skills. It can help you promote what you have to offer to schools and families and provide a framework for longer term engagement.
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Taking part in reading groups and story-telling, doing research through books or on-line and going to readings and talks by authors and illustrators can all contribute towards Arts Award. Libraries can offer Arts Award alongside programmes like the Summer Reading Challenge, Chatterbooks and Reading Hack.
Arts Award offers libraries a new way to approach schools and a great way to work with local arts professionals. Co-delivery with a local arts centre or museum, or with youth organisations can spread the work too!
Become an Arts Award Supporter and promote what you offer to others delivering Arts Award in your area.
Although Arts Award is a qualification, it is not admin heavy, the only paperwork advisers complete is an assessment form for each participant and the process for booking a moderation.
Arts Award evidence can be captured within delivery using photos, posters, post-its, recordings and young people can gather feedback via social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr. They can then collate this evidence in a portfolio or arts log. This can take any format, from a physical folder to on an online platform, like Artsbox. Artsbox is a digital portfolio space and app where children and young people can record and share their arts experiences, work towards an Arts Award and collect rewards for cultural visits. It’s fun, free, interactive and safe.
What people are saying:
'Libraries are changing; we need to appeal to a more diverse audience and to show our worth to external funding bodies. We feel that the best way to do this is to embed Arts Award in as much of our delivery for children and young people as we can as it provides excellent evidence to demonstrate the value of the projects we run and something concrete that children and young people can achieve and take forward.
Offering Arts Award both as Supporters and through targeted projects has also enabled us to secure funding locally to support future delivery.' - Arts Award adviser, Staffordshire Libraries
Below are some inspiring Arts Award case studies from libraries. For more case studies from libraries and other settings, head to the adviser hub to search the full list.
Our First World War web page has two more library case studies from Great Yarmouth and Norfolk libraries.
You can also find stories from young people on Arts Award Voice, our online magazine for young people aged 13 to 25.