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The North West Cultural Education Awards: DEADLINE EXTENDED

There’s still time to nominate either yourself, your organisation or those you’ve worked with, whose achievements you feel are worth celebrating.

The North West Cultural Education Awards celebrate best practice and innovation in the creative and education sectors, shining a light on those individuals, schools and organisations that have gone above and beyond in their work to bring the benefits of great arts and culture to the region’s children and young people.

It costs nothing to enter a nomination and you can submit entries in one or several categories of the 14 categories listed below – covering leadership, partnerships, Artsmark, Arts Award and creative careers.

For more information and details on how to nominate visit the awards website.

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The North West Cultural Education Awards 2018

From Curious Minds:

After the uplifting success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to launch the North West Cultural Education Awards 2018.

These awards shine a light on those individuals, schools and organisations that have gone above and beyond in their work to bring the benefits of great arts and culture to the region’s children and young people – celebrating and championing best practise and innovation in the sector.

After a rigorous nomination and evaluation process, Award winners are announced at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday 27th June in Preston. The event will bring together teachers, arts and cultural sector practitioners, youth sector leaders, community representatives and policy-makers from across the North West.

Nominate the amazing people and projects that you feel have made a difference via the links below.

Each category heading below links to an online nomination form, which lists the category description in full, the assessment criteria by which it will be shortlisted and judged and a set of bespoke questions to find out about your nomination. Complete and submit the appropriate online form in full to enter.

Please note the following:

  • There is no cost to submit an awards nomination, it is completely FREE!
  • You can nominate another person, project or school/organisation that you know is doing fantastic work or you can nominate yourself or your own organisation
  • You can enter as many categories as you want, please do not restrict yourself to just one. Please be aware that if you are nominating the same person/project or school/organisation in more than one category, you must complete and submit a nomination form for EACH category.
  • If you have any questions or queries regarding the awards or while completing your nomination form, please do not hesitate to get in touch on events@curiousminds.org.uk or call us on 01772 336639.
  • The deadline for receipt of nominations is Sunday 15th April 2018. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by email by Friday 25th May 2018.

Award submissions are now being taken in the following categories:

Leadership Categories:

The Arts Council England Award for Innovation and Leadership in Education
This award recognises a school that has consistently demonstrated an innovative approach to leadership in arts and cultural education. Examples of this could be delivering innovative CPD opportunities to a range of participants, supporting other schools with arts and culture strategies, leading a network that can demonstrate impact on the outcomes for children, developing or conducting high quality research into the impact of arts and culture or pioneering a new approach to cultural education.

Cultural Education Activist Award
This award recognises an activist or leader who enables cultural education to thrive.

Partnership Categories:

Arts and Education Partnership Award
This award recognises an outstanding partnership between an education setting and an arts organisation.

Heritage, Museum, Library and Education Partnership Award
To recognise an outstanding partnership between an education setting and a museum, library or heritage centre.

Inspirational Local Cultural Education Partnership Award
This award recognises a Local Cultural Education Partnership that has demonstrated an inspirational and innovative approach to cross-sector partnership working in the past year.

Artsmark Categories:

Artsmark Best Practice Award
This award is for schools or cultural organisations advocating and supporting other schools in their Artsmark journey. 

Artsmark Team Award
This award recognises achievements that a school has made through the Artsmark programme.

Arts Award Categories:

Personal Achievement Award (Ages 5-11) 
This award is for a young person aged between 5 and 11 years old who faces disadvantage or challenge in their lives but has overcome their circumstances and achieved an Arts Award.

Personal Achievement Award (Ages 12-25) 
This award is for a young person aged between 12 and 25 years old who faces disadvantage or challenge in their lives but has overcome their circumstances and achieved an Arts Award.

Inspirational Arts Award Adviser
This award is for an individual or group of advisers who have gone the extra mile to ensure children and young people have a high-quality Arts Award experience. 

Big Impact Award
This award is for an organisation or individual who has found a new, successful way to embed Arts Award into a large-scale project, a curriculum or across a whole organisation. 

Gold & Beyond Award
This award is for someone who has gained a Gold Arts Award and used it to open or progress onto new opportunities, education, or employment.

Creative Careers Categories:

Most Inspiring Creative Apprentice or Intern
This award recognises the achievements of a young person currently undertaking or having recently undertaken a formal apprenticeship qualification with a college or training provider, or paid internship in the creative and cultural sector. We ask that all nomination are either still working within their role or have completed it within the last 12 months.

Creative Career Champions
Recognising a school or cultural organisation working to support young people to access pathways into creative careers or is already offering young people employment opportunities and programmes.


The deadline for receipt of nominations is Sunday 15th April 2018. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by email by Friday 25th May 2018.

Curious Minds: Artsmark Partnership Programme Briefing Sessions

Curious Minds would like to invite Cultural Organisations to attend an information briefing regarding the Arts Council’s new Artsmark Partnership Programme. This should be of particular interest to any Arts Council England, Goal 5, National Portfolio Organisations or organisations that offer programmes for schools. 

The Artsmark Partnership Programme 

To find out about the Artsmark Partnership Programme click here.

Curious Minds have put together a briefing event to outline the new Artsmark Partnership Programme and help NPO’s and other organisations get involved.

The session will include:

  • A shortened version of what schools receive as part of an Artsmark Development Day to gain a full understanding of the Artsmark process and content
  • Information about the requirements of joining the Artsmark Partnership Programme
  • A session exploring the ACE Quality Principles

Outline of the Day:

  • 09:45 Tea & Coffee on arrival
  • 10:00 Session start
  • 11:30 Coffee/Tea break
  • 11:45 Session continues
  • 13:00 Day end

We have two briefing dates coming up in the near future:

Monday 14th May
10:00 – 13:00
Artsmark Partnership Programme Briefing for Cultural Organisations
The Whitworth, Manchester
Click here to book.

Monday 14th May
10:00 – 13:00
Artsmark Partnership Programme Briefing for Cultural Organisations
Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
Click here to book.

 

North West Cultural Education Awards 2018 Now Open

After the uplifting success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to launch the North West Cultural Education Awards 2018.

These awards shine a light on those individuals, schools and organisations that have gone above and beyond in their work to bring the benefits of great arts and culture to the region’s children and young people – celebrating and championing best practise and innovation in the sector.

After a rigorous nomination and evaluation process, Award winners are announced at a glittering ceremony – attended by CEO of Arts Council England, Darren Henley – which this year will take place towards the end of the Summer term. The event will bring together teachers, arts and cultural sector practitioners, youth sector leaders, community representatives and policy-makers from across the North West.

For more information and details on how to make nominations visit the awards website.

Artsmark Partnership Programme Briefing for Cultural Organisation

Tuesday 6th March
09:45 – 13:00
Preston
FREE

Curious Minds would like to invite Cultural Organisations to attend an information briefing regarding the Arts Council’s new Artsmark Partnership Programme. This should be of particular interest to any Arts Council England, Goal 5, National Portfolio Organisations or organisations that offer programmes for schools.

The Artsmark Partnership Programme

Arts Council England have now finalised plans for a new programme to support cultural organisations to understand and meet the needs of Artsmark schools.

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

Curious Minds have put together a briefing event to outline the new Artsmark Partnership Programme and help NPO’s and other organisations get involved.

For more information and details on how to book click here.

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.

We have all been through an experience – which I really believe – could be a career changing one

Year 1 CASE fellow

CELPs 17

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

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.