107 Young people aged 8 to 21 achieved their Arts Award (33
Explore, 71 Bronze and 3 Silver). There were a wide range of projects and the
young people were involved in everything from learning about local Huguenot
heritage through joining after school art clubs, creating art work for
exhibitions, making films to performing a World War One poetry projectat the
Roundhouse. Collectively the museums worked with a wide range of young people,
partnering with schools, youth centres and local organisations. Nearly half of
the young people we worked with were from targeted or disadvantaged
backgrounds– SEN groups, children at risk, Children looked after, disadvantaged
children from lower income backgrounds and young carers.
Six of the Arts Council Quality Principles were used to
frame the evaluation, including striving for excellence, actively involving
children and young people and providing a sense of personal progression.
Results showed 100% of participants in projects delivered outside of school
settings increased their confidence, agency and resilience. All of the museums involved reported that
Arts Award provided them with an excellent framework for their own delivery and
impressive outcomes for their audiences and all of them plan to continue
offering Arts Award.