The Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, CapeUK, is dedicated to making the arts and cultural offer to children and young people more accessible and better joined up. This role is replicated around the country by nine other Bridge organisations.
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.
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.
As one of the few adult ‘gate-crashers’ at Arts Council England’s #cypquality consultation event on 3 November I am unable to tell you much about what went on as I was kicked-out (politely I must add!) so that the young people could get on with their task of debating the thorny issue of quality. We were allowed back in however at the end of the day to hear participants present their ideas.