Let’s Get Real: Young Audiences Conference 2017

Monday 20th March 2017
Museum of London
10:00 – 16:45

From Culture24:

The programme #LGRYA17

Digital content, channels and tools offer a multitude of experiences and environments that young audiences use and enjoy every day. If arts and heritage organisations are to be relevant to the next generation they need to understand and make the most of this massive opportunity. How can we make our digital offer relevant to children and teenagers? What do they really need and want from the cultural sector? Why is it so hard for museums, galleries, theatres, archives and the like to reach and engage these young audiences online? How can we weave digital into our offer and our practice in meaningful, useful ways that will increase and deepen engagement with them? What about teachers – how do we best support them too?

Session one: Strategic Provocations – how could cultural content and collections make a difference to young audiences’ digital learning, play and experiences? Using examples from their work with children, young people and digital technologies, in contexts beyond the cultural sector, our speakers will explore what’s possible and why it matters.

  • Oliver Quinlan – Senior Research Manager, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • Cliff Manning – Digital Engagement Manager, Children’s Commissioner for England
  • Eylan Ezekiel – Consultant, Innovation in Education

Session two: Challenge & Collaborate – the conference will break out into a series of working groups of no more than 15 people, each facilitated by a colleague with expertise and experience in that area. Each group will discuss an opportunity to collaborate, take action or tackle a challenge, with a view to making something concrete happen in the next 3 months.  These are not workshops but discursive, informal sessions for shared learning and plotting. Groups will be given a light framework to guide discussion, to record next steps and to note support they may need to take the next step.

Session three: Inspiration – this session explores a range of digital work that is all doing something creative and genuinely managing to spark and support engagement with children, young people and/or teachers. Our speakers’ projects cover a range of tools and tactics but they all have audience needs and a sound understanding of what makes good content at heart.

  • Sarah Coward – Development Director and Deputy CEO, National Holocaust Centre and Museum
  • Suhair Kahn – Head of UK Initiatives, Google Arts & Culture
  • Alison Smith – Project Manager: Arts and City-wide Learning, Digitalme
  • Julia Lawrence – Deputy Director, London Connected Learning Centre

Session four: Action – let’s make things happen. We’ll round off the day with a very action-oriented session, packed with practical advice, bringing together arts organisations with specialists whose role it is to support development and activity; along with the view into our sector from the commercial software side of the fence.

  • Amy Cotterill – Museum Development Officer, Essex County Council
  • Dom Minns – Creative Director, Plug-In Media
  • LGRYA collaborative action research with Anna Husband and…
  • Alex Flowers – Team Leader, Digital Programmes, Learning and Interpretation, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Lucy Hammond – Project & Development Coordinator, Pilot Theatre
  • Andrea Mercer – Senior Manager, Audiences and Communities, Derby Museums

Session five: Conference Plenary – final thoughts and reflections on the day from delegates, speakers and social channels.

Join us to explore these questions and more in an affordable day of inspiration, insights and learning, curated by Culture24’s Anra Kennedy. You’ll hear from experts within and beyond the arts and heritage sector; learn about what works and what doesn’t; hear from young audiences and meet lots of colleagues with similar aims and challenges. You’ll leave with practical, actionable advice to help you shape the way you think about digital in your work. Book your ticket here: http://lgrya17.eventbrite.co.uk

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