Tagged: Children and Young People

Freedom to Explore Conference:  Engaging under 5s in museums and heritage spaces

Tuesday 12 September, Hull City Hall
09.30 to 16:30
FREE

Aimed at all those working within museums, galleries and other cultural and heritage organisations, this diverse and inspiring programme will feature key note speakers, research presentation, panel discussions, case studies and a range of workshops. Topics covered will include:

  • The value of experiencing culture
  • Understanding how under 5s experience spaces
  • Innovative interventions on a small budget
  • Developing and engaging audiences
  • Planning a visit for Early Years
  • Accessibility

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from existing sector expertise, to share ideas, network and to find out how you can develop, engage and inspire tomorrow’s audience, today.

Full information and booking details are at here.

Any queries can be directed to  Charlotte.bowen@hcandl.co.uk.

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Child Protection & Safeguarding: in the arts and cultural sectors

Thursday 12th October 2017
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.  The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms. 

Ideal for:

  • Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people

You will gain:

  • An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
  • Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
  • Ideas for developing child protection policies
  • Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms

Course cost:

The course costs £130. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here.

Book your place online here or contact RosieCooke@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491

 

Fostering Creativity in Children and Young People Through Education and Culture

Monday 4th – Tuesday 5th September
Durham University

The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Durham University are hosting an international conference to discuss innovative approaches to equip young people with the creative skills required by tomorrow’s societies and strategies for scaling up and embedding innovations around creativity in education and culture. 

The conference builds on ongoing CERI work to improve our understanding of how creativity skills can be visibly and tangibly articulated by teachers, students and policy makers, and learnt and assessed as part of the curriculum. The meeting aims to bring together two types of practices around creativity: pedagogical practices in formal education, and cultural practices in out-of-school education or through partnerships between cultural agencies and schools.

This conference will bring together international speakers from the education world; from practicing teachers to academics in higher education institutions globally, alongside practitioners from within the cultural sector. Its format will be highly interactive, emphasising breakout sessions for discussion and exchange, and will mainly focus on practice.

To register your attendance please click here.

List Your Museum For Free With ‘Get Kids Out Learning’

A new online initiative called ‘Get Kids Out Learning!’ by Tutora is an easy way for families to find fun, local days out which still provide great learning and educational opportunities and they are actively encouraging independent museums and heritage sites to sign up to the website for free.

Teen Twitter Takeover Day

From Kids in Museums:

Log on to Twitter on Friday 11 August and you’ll find it full of young people’s voices as cultural and heritage sites across the UK have their social media accounts taken over for Teen Twitter Takeover. Will your organisation be joining in?

You can use our Twitter factsheet and Tweetsheet to help you plan and gain tips on how to take part as well as our So Where Do We Find Young People? factsheet to help you find a group to work with. 

Teen Twitter Takeover is a perfect way to get young people involved with your venue and can be used a springboard into a wider project for Takeover Day, taking place on 17 November 2017.

It’s great fun, a brilliant profile-raising activity and will help organisations understand their young visitors better enabling staff from different departments to work together.

See what happened in 2016 by reading the Storify here and in 2015 by clicking here.

Already have plans to take part? Register here!

Want to know more? Visit our website.

Evaluating Youth Arts Projects Workshop

Wednesday 12th July 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10:30 – 16:45

We know evaluating youth arts projects can seem daunting at first, so this course is designed to support you as you make those first steps. Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies.

Ideal if you want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.

You will gain:

  • Demystification of evaluation myths
  • Meaningful modes of evaluation
  • Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation
  • A range of creative tools and techniques
  • Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects

Cost: £130 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online at www.artswork.org.uk/event/164 or contact miranda@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491 for further information.

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.

 

Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2017 – Planning and Sharing Events

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‘Inspiring’, ‘epic’, ‘awesome’… three words young people used to describe their Takeover Day in 2016.

Do you want to raise the aspirations of young people in your museum? Then come along to a Planning and Sharing event for Takeover Day 2017 – the day when young people and children nationwide are given powerful, meaningful, decision-making roles within museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites.

What you’ll gain from the Planning and Sharing event:
– Ideas that put young people at the heart of your work
– Inspiration from venues who took part last year
– Planning time and guidance for your Takeover Day
– Networking with partners you can work with on Takeover Day

Planning and Sharing events are free and open to museums, galleries, archives or heritage sites. The event is for organisations running their first Takeover Day or even their fifth.

Where: Tullie House Museum
When: 20 June 2017
Time: 13.00 – 17.00
Book here

Where: Manchester Art Gallery
When: 4 July 2017
Time: 13.00 – 17.00
Book here
Kids in Museums has been supported in this event with investment from Museum Development North West.

Kids in Museums works with museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites to make them more welcoming for young people, children and families – particularly those who haven’t visited before. Click here to find out more about Takeover Day on Friday 17th November 2017. If you have any questions get in touch with the Takeover Day team on: takeoverday@kidsinmuseums.org.uk