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A New Direction's Bridge role has been developing and changing in the months since the Arts Council announced funding for the new network in April 2011. Tuesday saw another milestone for us with the publication of Darren Henley's review of Cultural Education which champions the importance of local brokerage and the role of the Bridge in ensuring all young people get a meaningful cultural education.
Here is a review from a young journalist from YH World.
Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, A New Direction is working with two Stratford primary schools – Colegrave and Maryland – on a new heritage project focussing on the changes to the local area within living memory.
As A New Direction prepares to become the London's leading 'Bridge' organisation for arts, culture, young people and education in April 2012, we want to hear your views on how young people can unlock London's cultural opportunities.
'These are undoubtedly challenging and worrying times. The banking crisis, the recession, the riots of last summer, the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, cuts in public spending, and the rapid growth in youth unemployment.'
Over a million young people are currently un-employed across the country. It is all of our responsibilities to address this, and find ways of giving young people opportunities to experience the world of work, and eventually find jobs.
A New Direction and Creative & Cultural Skills today (Thursday 17 November 2011) launch Creativity, Money, Love, a powerful collection of responses to the question: 'What does the education and skills system need to look like in order for people to lead fulfilled creative lives, and in order for the creative and cultural industries in the UK to thrive?'
Headstart was poolside last week to represent the voice of young Londoners, as the Aquatic Centre opened its doors for the first time, for a day of live broadcast marking 'one year to go' until the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
On 24th July, A New Direction hosted 'The Media Hub', a shed covered with facts about the London 2012 Olympics, as part of Stratford Rising's 'Shedspace' - a festival of art, food, music, fashion, film and sheds.
The Olympics has left us behind
Eelyn Lee Productions were commissioned to work with our group of young filmmakers - Constant Pictures - to produce 1 minute films about seeking out creative opportunities in London
A New Direction has been working with Birkbeck College, University of London's Research Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice to develop a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Research Project.
A New Direction to play strategic role for children and young people in London, as Arts Council England confirms National Portfolio funding.
In early 2012 the new Arts Award 7-11 will be launched with a national pilot programme taking place from June to October 2011.
Documenting London Fashion week, hosting a live entertainment event and visiting the Olympic site.
A New Direction is working with Birkbeck College, University of London's Research Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice to develop a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Research Project.
Researcher Charlie Tims, is running a special blog for A New Direction to accompany the Biggest Learning Opportunity on Earth schools programme
Our work related learning programme delivered in partnership with IPC Media (the leading UK consumer magazine publisher) goes from strength to strength, as we start recruiting students for its 4th year.
On Monday 13 December, pupils from Colegrave Primary School, Newham celebrated the end of the 'Story of Stratford' project together with their parents, local community, and older residents of sheltered housing, Holden Point in Stratford, East London.
At the end of a thoroughly rewarding year for all of us here at A New Direction, we extend our thanks and gratitude to all our partners and networks, and look forward to a dynamic and exciting 2011.
Between Nov 2010 and July 2011, 145 schools from all across the capital will be taking part in 'The Biggest Learning Opportunity on Earth' - an exciting, London-wide arts and education project, exploring the value of theLondon 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for young Londoners.
London remains a global powerhouse for the creative sector, but is getting involved in its success really open to all?
A New Direction, the strategic body for connecting young Londoners with the city's creative and cultural energy, is pleased to announce the 14 partner organisations confirmed to deliver the 'Olympic' themed 2010/11 Creative Partnerships Enquiry School Programme to 150 schools across London.
From May 2010, A New Direction, the strategic body for connecting young Londoners with the city's creative and cultural energy, will be the official development agency for the established Arts Award for young people across London.
Reporting on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (14-21 March 2010)
On Sunday March 14, we will be taking a group of young people from Stoke Newington School in North London to Vancouver to experience, document and report on the Winter Paralympic Games.
A New Direction and IPC Media were recently awarded the University of the Arts, London 'Art Works' award for the 'IPC Media Schools' Design Programme', as part of the University's Widening Participation programme aimed at celebrating art and progression.