Tagged: Young People

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

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

Let’s Get Real – Young Audiences Phase 2

A quick overview

How do we digitally engage young audiences? If arts and heritage organisations are to connect with children and young people as a core audience group it is imperative that our digital content and the way we use digital tools and channels are relevant to their needs.  If you are interested in better understanding strategic and practical ways to digitally engage children and young people, this could be the project for you. We are looking to work with 25 to 30 arts and heritage organisations over 7 months starting in November 2016, to help them better reach and engage children and young people online.

For more information please visit the website

Sign up here – Deadline is 31st October 2016

Artswork training courses

Artswork, the National Youth Arts Development Agency, has a number of training courses taking place this summer in Manchester which may be of interest to museums.

Starting out as a Freelancer

15th July 2015, 10am- 4:15pm, HOME, Manchester

The Course:

An all-round introduction to becoming a successful freelance practitioner working with young people in the arts and cultural sectors. You have the passion and the ability, and now is the time to take that leap. This course is designed to make sure you have the know-how to develop and deliver best practice work as a solo professional.

We will guide you through the process of project management as you build up your arsenal of skills. Let us share our knowledge on a range of topics to make you attractive to prospective funders, partners and commissioning organisations.

This one day course covers a range of useful introductory topics – if you are looking for deeper knowledge and detail, we recommend the Youth Arts Project Management course.

Ideal if:

You want to learn more about becoming a freelance practitioner in the youth arts and cultural sector.

You will gain:

  • The need to know on current legislation, health and safety
  • Understanding on being inclusive: diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities
  • A personal skills audit – identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Knowledge on partnership working – how to get the most out of your collaborative projects
  • Evaluation techniques and an overview on project management

The Cost:

Places on this course cost £130 which includes certification, lunch and refreshments throughout the day

English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces.

Youth Arts Project Management

6-day Accredited Course

8th and 9th September, 7th and 8th October, 3rd and 4th November

10 am- 4.15 pm, HOME, Manchester

 Designed for people working in the arts and cultural sector wanting to manage projects for young people, our six-dayer will leave you fully equipped and inspired to successfully deliver your very own youth arts projects.

Exploring the philosophy and principles of youth arts, you will develop strategies and gain the skills needed to devise a youth arts project, with, for and by young people. We will take you through from the initial ideas and planning stages, through to using professional artists, funding, marketing and evaluation.

Accredited by Buckingham New University (20 credits, Level 5), assessment takes place in a variety of ways – through a reflective learning journal, a case study assignment and active involvement in discussions throughout the course.

Ideal if:

You want an in-depth, informative introduction to developing and running your own youth arts projects.

You will gain:

  • The knowledge to plan and produce effective strategies
  • Time to focus, explore and develop your thinking
  • Tips on how to cost work and plan budgets
  • Understanding on funding, from the Arts Council to the local shop
  • Advice on how to use your resources wisely
  • Familiarity on the principles and practice of equal opportunities
  • Development through peer discussions with a close group of like-mind professionals
  • Exploration around the intrinsic and extrinsic value of youth arts activity
  • Real world learning
  • Marketing and publicity know-how
  • The art of creative evaluation: planning, delivery and development of future practice

Special Features:

  • A range of resources exclusive to you as an attendee, including the Get Sorted Budgeting and Fundraising guide.

The Cost:

This course is priced at £400, all inclusive of accreditation, certification, lunch and refreshments for all six sessions.

For both courses contact Rachel Hall via rachelhall@artswork.org.uk  / 02380 332491 for further advice and information or to book a place. Limited bursaries are also available – please contact us for further details.

All English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) members qualify for a 10% discount off this and other selected courses.

The Learning Museum

Port Sunlight Museum has been selected as one of 20 national partners for the British Museum’s Learning Museum programme 2014-17, a Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future Scheme. The Learning Museum is an entry-level vocational training programme for young people designed to create a new generation of museum professionals and equip them to thrive in a fast-changing sector.

Each partner museum will recruit a young person aged 18-24 from their local area to undertake a 12 month paid placement from September 2015 until August 2016. Training will include core collection skills and museum development, as well as opportunities to engage with other partner museums and their trainees. The training will be evidenced and accredited in the completion of a QCF Level 3 Cultural Heritage diploma.

Port Sunlight Museum will be holding a number of taster days from February to May 2015 giving young people from the local area the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work in the museum sector. The traineeship will be advertised in May and interviews will be undertaken in June. The successful trainee will begin their placement in September.

The first taster day will be held on Thursday 26th February 2015 at the Lyceum on Bridge Street from 3.30-5.30pm. Come and meet the team, find out what its like to work in museums, and hear more about this unique opportunity. Refreshments provided. Young people, parents and youth organisations welcome.

To register for the event and find out more about the project, contact Clarinda Fidler, Learning Officer & Volunteer Coordinator 0151 644 4814 c.fidler@portsunlightvillage.com

Creative Employment Programme Extended to 2016

Cultural organisations in England have been given an extra 12 months to apply to the Creative Employment Programme and secure funding to subsidise new apprentice and internship positions within the sector.

The extension will enable the continuation of a hugely successful programme which has already engaged over 850 arts and cultural sector organisations across England, enabling more than 1,000 apprenticeships, 1,200 internships to be created in businesses of all sizes.

The Creative Employment Programme is supported by Arts Council England Lottery funding. It aims to support employers within the Arts Council’s footprint1 to create apprenticeships, internship and traineeship opportunities for unemployed young people aged 16-24 in England.

Following the decision to extend the programme, employers now have until November 2015 to apply for grants to subsidise the wages of new recruits, and positions can start any time before 31st March 2016.

Success stories and case studies are available at http://ccskills.org.uk/cep

Funding available to support Apprenticeships

  • £2000 per apprenticeship from the Creative Employment Programme1, when you pay the National Minimum Wage (relevant to their age) or £1,500 when you pay at least the Apprentice Minimum Wage (£2.73 p/hr) for 12 months for at least 30 hours a week.
  • £1500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) government funding can be matched to this for companies with less than 50 employees who have not had an apprentice in the last 12 months (enhanced to £3000 in London for employers under 250 staff).
  • £2500 per paid internship from the Creative Employment Programme, when you pay the National Minimum Wage (relevant to their age) for six months for min. 30 hours a week.

For further details about the programme, including eligibility criteria and guidance for applicants visit http://www.creative-employment.co.uk or contact cep@ccskills.org.uk

Trailblaze: “Sparks” Youth Programme Assistant at Harris Museum & Art Gallery

2015 will see the Harris showing some very exciting Contemporary Art exhibitions and offering unique opportunities for young people to connect to Contemporary Art through their new “Sparks” programme for 16-19 year olds. They would like you to come on board to help shape this programme for the benefit of other young people like you. For example, you might help to interpret artworks and exhibitions for the public; advise how and where they publicise exhibitions/events, and help to design and timetable events, workshops and projects.

You will be aged 16 – 18. You will help to inspire other young people to get involved at the Harris and also, give staff at the Harris some tips on what young people want. You will work directly with and be supported by the Harris’ Access and Inclusion Officer and be a part of the wider Harris team.

Essential criteria:
– Enthusiasm and interest in art (for example painting, photography, design, film, performance)
– Good verbal and written communication skills
– Willingness to work on your own initiative
– Some experience of using social media such as Facebook/Twitter/blogs

Desirable criteria:
– Experience of working within a team
– Some knowledge of cultural diversity 

This post is funded by Curious Minds, who will be the employer, as part of the Trailblaze programme.  As a result of funding restrictions, the post can only be offered to 16 to 18 year olds, they are particularly interested in hearing from you if you are not in education, employment or training, or you are currently studying an entry level or level one college course.  The Trailblaze programme provides additional personal support when gaining employment and during the job itself. Please note you may be required to give evidence of your circumstances as part of the application process.  All applications will be treated confidentially.  If you are interested, but uncertain as to whether you are eligible or not, then please contact holly.ball@curiousminds.org.uk for an informal chat about the placement.

Start date: February 2015
Length of placement: 1 day per week (6 hours per day) for 12 weeks
Rate of pay: £4.17 per hour for 16-17 year olds and £5.13 an hour for 18 year olds

To apply for this position, please send an up to date CV and a letter of application to Kyra Milnes at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery on: k.milnes@preston.gov.uk

For top tips on how to write letters to employers see: http://careers.theguardian.com/covering-letter-examples

The deadline for applications is: Friday 30th January 2015.

Arts and culture activity with young people in the criminal justice system 

From Curious Minds:

Following the success of this opportunity last year, we are really pleased to be working with experts from Unitas (http://www.unitas.uk.net/) to offer you a free CPD opportunity:

The specialist one-day course will take place at Band On the Wall, Manchester on 4th September 2014.

Places are free, limited, and will be allocated on a first come – first serve basis.  We anticipate that this course will fill quickly and be over-subscribed, so please only book a place if you are able to absolutely commit to attending.

The course is for experienced creative practitioners and project managers who are interested in developing specialist work with young people in the criminal justice system.

The course will cover:

·         Considering the role of the arts in engaging young people in the youth justice system

·         Identifying the potential barriers to engagement experienced by young people in the youth justice system

·         Identifying strategies for managing challenging or non-productive behaviours exhibited by young people in the contexts of arts activities

·         Identifying strategies for promoting the engagement of young people in arts based programmes

To book a place, please fill in the booking form and send it to contact@unitas.uk.net

In addition, there will shortly be a very limited number of fully funded opportunities to complete an online Youth Justice Effective Practice Award (level 5 qualification, accredited by the Skills for Justice Awards) in ‘The Art of Engagement’.  The normal price of this accreditation is £199 and priority will be given to those who have previously attended the Unitas training day.

Teen Twitter Takeover

 

Take part in Teen Twitter Takeover on Wednesday 27th August, a day where teens help to run your twitter feed.

It’s an opportunity to start a conversation and to highlight the positive benefits of taking part in Take Over Museum Day. This year it takes place on Friday 21st November 2014

From curators to cafe workers, visitor welcome hosts to tweeters, Kids in Museums are looking forward to teenagers taking charge.

How

-Recruit a young person/people for the day

– Pass this onto your networks e.g. youth forums

Invite them to

          Take over your twitter feed for the day

 

Use our top tips guide to tweet about

          What makes a good Take Over Museums Day

          What they are doing for Take Over Museums Day 2014

 

On the 27th August

          Please join the conversation and get your organisation to tweet and retweet on the day

          Use the hashtag #takeoverday @takeovermuseums @Kidsinmuseums

Get in touch

          Contact Kids in Museums by Tuesday 29th July to let us know who will take part

Book now! Kids in Museums Workshops

 

Family Fortunes Workshop 10th September 2014, People’s History Museum, Manchester

Teen Workshop, 3rd October 2014, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

Youth Panel Workshop, 6th October 2014, Geffrye Museum, London

www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/workshops

 

TRAILBLAZE – The Alternative Saturday Job Scheme

 

Would you like to support the creative workforce of the future and bring new ideas and energy into your organisation at the same time?

·         TRAILBLAZE  – The Alternative Saturday Job Scheme

·         FREE Funding for arts and cultural organisations

·         Become a Trailblaze Host

Curious Minds is delighted to be able to offer arts and cultural organisations based in the North West the opportunity to be part of Trailblaze – an exciting new scheme providing opportunities for young people to gain PAID work-experience within the sector.

Trailblaze is part of their offer to give young people the opportunity to gain valuable part-time paid experience in a role that is tailored to their needs and aspirations.

Throughout their placement young people will be encouraged and supported to network with other Trailblaze Trainees and work towards vocational and academic qualifications to enhance their CV.

Arts and cultural organisations will receive financial and practical support to become ‘Trailblaze Hosts’. 

Curious Minds is inviting expressions of interest from arts and cultural organisations able to provide a meaningful and worthwhile experience for young people and an interesting and genuine role to for them to fulfil.

Here is some information that outlines what is expected of host organisations and what you will receive in return.

If you’re interested and want to be involved in this exciting opportunity for young people and your organisation, please let them know by Friday 01 August and they’ll send you more information after that date – holly.ball@curiousminds.org.uk