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Progressing the Quality conversation

The ‘Principles into practice’ event on 20 February was part of the Arts Council’s on-going quality conversation about arts and culture relating to children and young people.

Curve Theatre’s Young Arts Entrepreneurs programme

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.

The 7 quality principles: an artist responds…

1st principle: Strive for excellence

Absolutely. No problem. Happy to do that. It's what I live for.

2nd principle: Be authentic

Quality principle number 3: 'Being exciting, inspiring and engaging'

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.

Striving for excellence...or not?

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.

To youth board or not to youth board…? Creating the right environment to hear young people (part one)

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.

Young people's quality event: What did we think of the day and, more importantly, where is this going?

The Arts Council’s Young people’s quality event was a great 24 hours of performance, networking and finding out what other young people feel about the arts industry and how it can be improved to benefit us. The event was pretty full-on and we were literally thrown right in. We were divided into different groups to find out what type of things the younger generation of the artistic world want and need to make the most of whatever talent or skill they have, and then we were asked to consider how Arts Council England and other arts organisations can help them.

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Reaching young audiences through digital channels

Pass It On is a short film by Company of Angels, with a ‘target audience’ of children at primary schools – though hopefully everyone can enjoy it. We made it for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), and it is distributed through YouTube.

Quality principle 5: Actively involving children and young people

I’m confident that the event on Friday ‘How do we know it’s propa belta?’ would have convinced any cynic of the true value of actively involving children and young people (which is one of the seven 'quality principles' to come out of Arts Council's work on young people, the arts, and quality).

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