On the eve of the next Arts Council quality event, Miranda Thain, creative producer at Theatre Hullabaloo argues festivals are vital for achieving excellence.
1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances:
2. a periodic commemoration, anniversary, or celebration
James Mackenzie-Blackman, a member of the Arts Council's external reference group on quality and young people, invites you to participate in the Arts Council's next quality event in London on 20 February.
Tim Ford explains how one programme is enabling young people to experience ‘excitement and engagement’ by taking their own artistic ambitions and making them reality.
1st principle: Strive for excellence
Absolutely. No problem. Happy to do that. It's what I live for.
2nd principle: Be authentic
The wording of this principle implies not only a deliberate distinction between the three elements (excite, inspire, engage) but also a degree of serial progression through these three forms of experience.
To ‘excite’ a young person is to provide them with an experience which is likely to be highly enjoyable and thought-provoking, possibly frightening or even disturbing, but invariably positive and life-enhancing.
To ‘inspire’ is to go further – to suggest new ideas or discoveries and to provoke an urge to take some form of action or decision arising from them.
I've been part of the Arts Council's Working group on Quality of work for, with and by children and young people since its inception 18 months ago.
To youth board or not to youth board…? Creating the right environment to hear young people (part two)
You can read the first part of Adam's thoughts on the challenges of youth engagement here.