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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.

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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 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.