Arts Award Area Development

A New Direction wants all young Londoners to have a creative childhood. Arts Award is a key component to making this happen, so A New Direction are committed to ensuring more children and young people in London can celebrate their achievements and progression through Arts Award.

After an analysis of Arts Award data in 2014/15, London boroughs with low Arts Award engagement were identified. In response to this, A New Direction set up a development programme to support organisations and partnerships to scale up their Arts Award offer and connect with more children and young people.

The aim was to create opportunities for more young people to consistently achieve Arts Award and progress through its levels. In order to do this, we chose to focus on the conditions and partnerships that need to be in place to make delivery of Arts Award a success. An Action Research approach was implemented to support learning and develop a deep understanding of how schools, local authorities, cultural organisations, freelancers and informal settings can all support children and young people to achieve through Arts Award.

From the findings and impact identified in the evaluation, the Local Area Development Programme was continued in 2016/2017 identifying six new partners:

  • Crafts Council (Ealing)
  • Homes for Haringey/Haringey Play (Haringey)
  • Chingford Academy (Redbridge)
  • IntoFilm (Islington)
  • Orleans House (Richmond)
  • Lewisham Arts Education Network (Lewisham)

All organisations are working in areas of low Arts Award Engagement and have designed specific and innovative Action Research approaches with a range of schools, cultural organisations, young people’s and statutory provision to understand the conditions and partnerships that need to be in place to make delivery of Arts Award a success.

For more information, read our evaluation report for the 2015-16 programme here.

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