Category: Curious Minds

Culture and Arts Schools Experts Programme Fellowship

Many cultural organisations are experiencing a high degree of challenge in maintaining or developing their members of staff who can dedicate themselves to schools work. Similarly, schools are also experiencing huge challenges to their ability to protect their arts and cultural provision and are in need of strong ambassadors for cultural education more than ever.

Formerly known as the CELP Programme, the newly re-named Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) Programme Fellowship is an annual, year-long development opportunity that, over 3 years, will create a talent pool of around 20 credible schools specialists working in the North West’s National Portfolio Organisations, in arts organisations, museums/heritage settings and libraries.

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The CASE Programme Fellowship is an investment from Curious Minds designed to protect, nurture and develop a team of credible schools experts from within the North West’s cultural sector who can strengthen the ability of cultural organisations to work in partnership with schools. The CASE Fellows will take that passion and expertise with them as they develop as future leaders of learning departments, artistic director or managers of venues. Now in its second year, the impact of the programme is being felt across the region.

The fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professional who may be working with schools but are eager to go deeper and to hone their knowledge and experience in such a way that they become known and credible schools specialists, able to influence and advise their own organisations and the wider cultural sector.

CASE Fellows access between 15-20 days of inspirational learning across the year, including two residentials, curated and delivered by Curious Minds with contributions from regional and national experts. Through undertaking a 4-5 day school placement, Fellows also have the opportunity to network with SLiCE® fellows and alumni, practice their advocacy skills and explore governance. In addition, fellows are offered time with a coach or mentor to support their own personal reflection and learning, develop a sound understanding of key cultural and education polices and research and create a personal development plan. The programme focuses on developing advocating and influencing skills such as public speaking, measuring impact, understanding how schools are funded and curriculum requirements.

It is a requirement that both the fellows and their employers make it possible for the Fellows to be deployed by Curious Minds as cultural education advocates and schools specialists for a minimum of 5 days in year 2. This may include speaking at events, offering advice or support to other organisations, supporting schools with Artsmark or their peers with Arts Award.

Apply Now

Curious Minds is currently recruiting for the 2017-18 CASE Fellowship programme.

To apply, please download the application form and CASE overview and send to Laura Ferguson, Cultural Education Leadership Manager, via email or to:
Laura Ferguson
Curious Minds,
23-27 Guild Hall,
Preston,
PR1 1HR

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd October

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Up and Coming Curious Minds Events

Curious about … The NEW Artsmark Partnership Programme
13:00 – 16:30
Free

Arts Council England have now finalised plans for a new programme to support Museums and other Cultural Organisations to understand and meet the needs of schools who are working towards achieving Artsmark.

The Artsmark Partnership Programme (formerly Artsmark Champions) will be opened to all Arts and Cultural Organisations from Autumn 2017 and then will be marketed to Artsmark schools and educational settings in the Spring Term 2018.

Curious Minds is pleased to offer a free briefing event where Museums, Arts and Cultural Organisations can find out more about the new Artsmark Partnership Programme and how they can get involved.

Please note: before lunch there will be a morning session on the Quality Principles and Quality Metrics that you can also book to attend.

The dates are:

Friday 13th October – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 8th November  – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 13th December – Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria

To book a place on the October session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the November session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the December session visit this eventbrite page.


Curious about … the Quality Principles and the Quality Metrics: Free event
10:00 – 13:00
FREE

Curious Minds is offering cultural organisations a facilitated session to explore the Arts Council England’s Quality Principles. 

The aim of the Quality Principles is to raise the standard of work being produced by, with and for children and young people. Seven Quality Principles have been developed as a result of close collaboration between the Arts Council England and Arts and Cultural Organisations that work with children and young people.

The session will explore how your peers are embedding Quality Principles in their practice, and how and where have the Quality Principles have been most useful. The session will also look at the Participatory Quality Metrics and explore the synergy between the Quality Metrics and the Quality Principles.

The dates are:

– Friday 13th October – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 8th November  – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 13th December – Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria

To book a place on the October session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the November session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the December session visit this eventbrite page.

Please note: after lunch there will be an afternoon briefing session on The new Artsmark Partnership Programme that you can also book to attend.

The Culture and Arts Schools Experts Programme Fellowship – Applications now open

 

Many cultural organisations are experiencing a high degree of challenge in maintaining or developing their members of staff who can dedicate themselves to schools work. Similarly, schools are also experiencing huge challenges to their ability to protect their arts and cultural provision and are in need of strong ambassadors for cultural education more than ever.

The CASE Programme Fellowship (formerly known as CELP) is an annual, year-long development opportunity. It is an investment from Curious Minds designed to protect, nurture and develop a team of credible schools experts from within the North West’s cultural sector who can strengthen the ability of cultural organisations to work in partnership with schools.

The fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professionals, who may be working with schools but are eager to go deeper and to hone their knowledge and experience. Applicants will be identified as ‘emerging leaders’ and have the potential and ambition to be future senior leaders within the cultural sector. For more information, please visit http://curiousminds.org.uk/case/

The application deadline is Tuesday 3rd October. For more information and to download the application form, please visit the Fellowship website.

Freelance Opportunity: Curious Minds

Researcher for LCEP Evaluation

From Curious Minds:

We’re looking for an experienced researcher with knowledge of participative evaluation practice, to support the evaluation of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). 

We need your help to capture and tell the story of the LCEP so far by:

  • Undertaking broad ranging stakeholder consultation and data analysis to create an evaluation framework and evidence base of qualitative and quantitative outcomes across all LCEP activity
  • Working with LCEP partners to review current approaches to measuring the positive impact on learning when children and young people have participated in arts and cultural activities
  • Producing a final report and recommendations that can be used to communicate and celebrate the achievements of the LCEP to funders and other stakeholders, and to inform future planning and impact assessment

The value of the contract is up to £5000 and the deadline for applications is Monday 17 July.

For the full brief and details of how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.

Curious Futures Case Study

Young Associates: Museums Mystery Shopping Project

The Curious Minds Young Associates programme began in March 2016, with the aim of upskilling and developing a group of young people, who are already engaged in arts leadership and possibly thinking of starting a career in the arts, and were ready to take the next step into a regional leadership role.

Fast forward to March 2017. Curious Minds now have a team of 13 Young Associates, who have successfully completed their induction and training period with us, and are starting to go out into the arts and cultural sector, working on our behalf.

One of their first opportunities was to work with us, acting as mystery shoppers at selected venues across the North West.

How it all started

Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer, describes the initial thinking behind the project:

“We were keen to get the opinions of young people on museums as part of our Goal 5 work, so we developed a mystery shopper programme. We provide the participating museums and Curious Minds provide the Young Associates, who were keen to get out and about and visit museums across the North West”.

Lion Salt Works in Cheshire were one of the participating museums:

“Traditionally youth audiences can be somewhat of a mythical unicorn… difficult to attract and difficult to create a sustainable relationship with. I was intrigued when an email from MDNW hit my inbox. I applied on behalf of the Lion Salt Works and we were successful. So, what now? We open our doors to a group of young people, let them loose and see that they think…” (Jonathan Nash, Community and Learning Officer).

Young Associates, Keeley Wilkinson and Danielle Ash, were asked to visit Lion Salt Works and recognised the vital role that they could play in developing the youth offer from the museum:

“…by engaging with a diverse range young people, you are helping to strengthen the need to preserve the historical features of the Lion Salt Works. Giving the young people the chance to contribute will help the Lion Salt Works move forward”.

Judgement Day arrives

So, with all partners recognising the value of this work, Keeley and Danni, headed off to the Lion Salt Works to explore their offer to children and young people, looking specifically at how their venue and exhibitions welcomed and engaged with a younger audience.

Overall, they “…found the experience of the Lion Salt Works Museum an inspiring one” and agreed with team that “the museum content was different to anything we had visited before because of its uniqueness”.

For Jonathan from the museum it felt like “…judgment day arrives (dun, dun, dun)!”. The findings were mixed, as you would expect, but Jonathan feels comfortable that “there are positives and areas for improvement, some of which are really simple, quick fixes”.

On reading the follow-up reports from the Young Associates Alex noted that they “…offered insights into the museum offer that, as museum professionals, we would overlook. They covered everything from retail offer to signage and came up with some wonderful recommendations”.

From the point of view of Danni and Keeley, they hope that “…by improving access to the site, digital interactions and special events, the museum will benefit massively” and are looking forward to seeing what happens next.

So, what next…?

This has been a really positive step forward for the Young Associates programme, showcasing one of the ways that they can make a clear contribution to the development of the cultural and creative sector and support the engagement of other children and young people.

We agreed to fund three of the participating museums to implement some of their ideas and make improvements to their offer, signage and activities. The process has been described as “really illuminating” for the participating museums and Curious Minds, with the Young Associates, are really looking to developing this work and taking it forward.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Young Associates then please contact holly.ball@curiousminds.org.uk.

North West Young Museum Assessors Programme

Have you ever wanted to engage with more young people in your museum and get their opinion on the work you do?

After the success of our first Young Evaluators Programme, we’re running a second programme in collaboration with Curious Minds and their group of Young AssociatesThe programme offers 6 North West museums the chance to have their marketing strategy assessed by young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to implement some of the recommendations made.

The programme will consist of desk-based research and mystery shopping site visits undertaken by the young people, who will draft reports and feedback to staff and Boards, giving a no holds barred view of your marketing strategies and how it can be improved to attract a younger and more diverse audience. Participating museums will then have the opportunity to bid for funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.

To apply to participate in the programme please complete the application form and return to us by 5pm on Friday 30th June. Please send completed forms to Alex Bird  –alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk. For more information please contact Alex Bird or Holly Ball at holly.ball@Curiousminds.org.uk.

North West Young Museum Assessors Programme

Have you ever wanted to engage with more young people in your museum and get their opinion on the work you do?

After the success of our first Young Evaluators Programme, we’re running a second programme in collaboration with Curious Minds and their group of Young AssociatesThe programme offers 6 North West museums the chance to have their marketing strategy assessed by young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to implement some of the recommendations made.

The programme will consist of desk-based research and mystery shopping site visits undertaken by the young people, who will draft reports and feedback to staff and Boards, giving a no holds barred view of your marketing strategies and how it can be improved to attract a younger and more diverse audience. Participating museums will then have the opportunity to bid for funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.

To apply to participate in the programme please complete the application form and return to us by 5pm on Friday 30th June. Please send completed forms to Alex Bird  –alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk. For more information please contact Alex Bird or Holly Ball at holly.ball@Curiousminds.org.uk.

 

Applications Open For Children And The Arts: Start North West

Over the last couple of months Curious Minds has been working with the national charity Children and the Arts to launch a new round of their Start programme in the NW. We’ve co-invested in this opportunity, which provides up to 3 years of funding for 4 cultural venues to develop and grow relationships with local schools.

Programmes will include cultural visits, professional development opportunities for teachers, education work linked to the national curriculum and the opportunity for the participating children and young people to engage in critical analysis and develop their own creative responses. The programme will also enable children and young people to achieve Arts Award and participating schools to gain Artsmark.

Applications are now open for cultural organisations based in the following areas:

  • Bolton
  • Chester & Cheshire West
  • Preston
  • West Cumbria
  • Rochdale
  • Tameside

Applications are also welcome from organisations outside these areas, who are willing to commit to schools within the specified regions.

For details on how to apply please visit Children and the Arts Start North West page.

North West Young Museum Evaluators Programme

Have you ever wanted to engage with more young people in your museum?

In collaboration with Curious Minds, MDNW will be running a programme offering museums the chance to be assessed by a young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to implement some of the recommendations made.

The programme will consist of “mystery shopping” site visits undertaken by the young people who will draft reports and feedback to staff and Boards giving a no holds barred view of your offer from visitor services and retail offer to exhibition content and interpretation. Museums will then have the opportunity to bid for funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.

To participate in the programme please complete the application form and return to us by 5pm on Friday 11th November. Please send completed forms to Alex Bird  – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

For more information please contact Alex Bird or Holly Ball at holly.ball@Curiousminds.org.uk

Counting the Cost: How can we make our formal learning programmes more sustainable?

Curious Minds is hosting two events exploring sustainable museums learning, presenting research and case studies from across the country, with guest speakers:

  • Emma Parsons (Museums Consultant)
  • Bill Griffiths (Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)
  • Pollie Shorthouse (National Centre for Citizenship and the Law)

Are you considering different ways of working, reviewing your charges for schools, needing to make savings, or making a case for funding? 

Curious Minds have commissioned consultant Emma Parsons to complete a piece of work looking at how museums are reviewing their work with schools and how the sector can share ideas around sustainable working. 

The work will be discussed and shared at two seminars called ‘Counting the Cost’ – in Preston on 6th July and in Warrington on 8th July. Participants will find out about the research, hear a case study and look at how their own museums or practice can take steps towards sustainability, taking an action plan back to work.

Emma Parsons will deliver the seminar elements of each event, with Bill Griffiths presenting at the Preston event, and Pollie Shorthouse presenting at the Warrington Event.

Tickets are £16.67 per person to include lunch and can be booked via the following links:

Warrington event

Preston event

If the cost of a ticket will prevent you from attending, you are invited to contact Curious Minds to discuss.