Who We Are
- Staff Meet the team who work for Curious Minds.
- Blog Read the blog from the staff and colleagues of Curious Minds
- Contact Contact us at our offices in Burnley
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- Board of Trustees Find out who’s who on our Board of Trustees
- History The establishment of Curious Minds as an independent Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity.
What We Do
- Bridge Organisation Connecting young people with great arts and culture
- Information, communication and advocacy a more joined up approach, streamlining information and championing innovative methods of communicating information.
- Engagement looking at issues around access and inclusion and sharing great models already working on the ground.
- Bridge Development Groups Bridge Development Groups
- Achievement & Arts Award all young people do have genuine access to progression and talent development opportunities
- Quality and Artsmark providing quality experiences for children and young people and encouraging schools and other education settings to work in partnership with quality arts organisations and practitioners.
- Arts Award A national qualification that supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.
- Artsmark The national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer.
- Funding Advice support for grassroots organisations who use the arts to work with children and young people
- Action Learning Curious Minds are hosting Action Learning sets delivered by experienced facilitators in each of the North West sub-regions
- Services for Schools Curious Minds offer for schools for the 2011-12 academic year and more
- Membership Network Curious Minds Schools Membership Network
- Previous Projects and Programmes An overview of the programmes, projects and activities delivered by Curious Minds in the past.
- The highlights of fantastic work carried out for, by and with children and young people during 2012 in the North West The highlights of fantastic work carried out for, by and with children and young people during 2012 in the North West
- State of the Region - North West exploring the needs, barriers and potential in connecting children and young people, schools and communities with arts and culture
- Sources of Funding This resource lists some of the main sources of funding for work with children and young people in the UK.
- Creative Learning and the New OFSTED Framework how and why creativity is still very much at the heart of the new OFSTED framework
- Developing Different Voices - Publication celebrate the range and diversity of Creative Partnerships work that took place in schools with a special educational needs focus.
- Our Impact Curious Minds' impact in schools
- Case Studies An online database of case studies from the Curious Minds’ programmes.
- Safeguarding Policy Download Curious Minds Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct
- Videos and Films
- E-bulletin Archive Here we list the e-bulletins we have sent out to our stakeholders in the past.
- Logo downloads Download funding logos related to Curious Minds and the programmes that are delivered.
- Fishing for the Future - Publication ‘How do we maximise and sustain future leadership capacity in our schools?’
- Curious Stories Curious Stories from Curious Minds on sale now
Curious Minds and Sector News
- News from the arts and culture sector 2013
- News from Curious Minds 2013
- Jobs And Opportunities
- New Funding Resource For Grassroots Organisations New Funding Resource For Grassroots Organisations
- Creative Schools North West – Thrive in cost cutting times
- Leading the Leaders Seminars
- Curious Debates - Progression
- Creative Schools North West – Journeys Through Journals
- Arts and Culture Advocacy: Mission Possible
- Smooth Transitions - Cheshire East Schools Event
- Curious Agents Discuss Their Work
- The Curious World of an Arts and Culture Advocate
- Dey Do DaDa Don’t Dey?
- “Making Space for Learning” - Case Study
- A Regional Access Fund for Young People’s Participatory Arts
- Interchange Event Review
- Techno-ABLE Project
- Pompeii LIVE from the British Museum
- Help Drake Music Shine a Spotlight on SEND Music Education
- The Family Arts Campaign
- Events for Schools: Manchester School of Art
- O2 Think Big Funding and Support
- Global Arts Projects from Creative Hands Foundation
- Political comedian Mark Thomas opens 'Art Of Protest' National Exhibition
- Drama Approaches To Improving Children’s Wellbeing
- Peshkar Rich With Silver and Gold
- Blackpool Grand Theatre - A Case Study
- Cultural Education Partners - Knowsley
- School Case Study - Artsmark and Arts Award
- Cultural Education Partners - Rochdale
- Hannah Whitlow Gold Arts Award
- Curious Agent - Emma Bush
- Introducing the new Digital Theatre Plus
- Pennine Lancashire Museums & Schools Programme - Update
- Big Ideas Start Here - I am Creative
- Curious Agent - Sue Reddish
- Blaze Learning Summit
- Schools Offer - Membership To The Artsmark Network!
- Arts Learning Consortium - Shaping Learning
- Young Lancashire Training Events
- Writing Squad Application Open
- Preparing for Freelance Work with Young People in the Arts
- £7 million awarded to successful applicants to Catalyst Arts
- Wild Rumpus Commission
- Techno-able Project: The Learning So Far
- Funding Opportunity: Wolfson Foundation Schools Programme
- Creative Schools NW Event Review
- SEN Schools Funding: Tesco Charity Community Awards
- Manchester International Festival invites you to LONG GRASS
- Artist Training With Global Link And More Music
- Ludus Dance Seeking Artistic Producer
- Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Key Stage 1 Schools' Concerts
- Bridge Development Group Progression Event Overview
- Sad Farewell To Tina
- Arts Award Case Study: Tameside Council Arts and Events Team
- Act Now! Artists of today, leaders of tomorrow.
- Storytelling and imaginative learning for children qualification
- Photography Competition – Hide and Seek Rivers
- Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company Auditions
- Free Workshops at the Whitworth Art Gallery
- Theatre Club at The Edge
- Earlyarts Shared Practice Networks
- Summer Dance Development Workshop for ‘Future Professionals’
- Performances for the very young at The Edge
- Preparing for Freelance Work with Young People in the Arts
- Unique Opportunity With Walk the Plank
- Accrington Academy's Access All Areas Festival
- Stone Soup Review of Bolton Arts Award Network
- Preston Youth Dance Company Auditions
- New Folk Heritage Project At The Met
- Exciting new project from PLACED
- Manchester Refugee Celebration
- Gold Arts Award Opportunity For Burnley Young People
- The Lowry Learning Blog
- Free creative careers events
- MyPlace centres Arts and Culture Offer
Meet Curious Kelly
Returning to our series of introductions to the staff of Curious Minds we would like to welcome you to Kelly Allen - our programme manager based in Burnley. Kelly joined Curious Minds in January 2010 and since then has been a huge success with the schools she works with, has been Curious Minds direct contact for CPD for practitioners. All in all Kelly is curious, creative and a record breaker - for more information on this you will need to speak to her directly. Let's just say it involves a beach and 400 people on a Sunday morning.
Anyway over to Kelly's curious answers to my curious questions:
1. What or who inspires you?
Right at the top of the list - nature! The ultimate manifestation of creativity in my mind. I'm constantly impressed the more I learn and I try to spend as much time in it as possible (although I would like to do this a lot more). I feel inspired by people all the time - young people, creative agents, colleagues, teachers, friends random strangers I find myself in conversations with. I think it's much easier to have inspirational interactions with people who have a genuine spirit of curiosity and nothing to hide or prove. That's when I find myself most likely to have a completely original thought, which is always inspiring.
2. What is ‘curious’ about your mind?
Goodness. Lots of things. Possibly the way it often surprises me - especially when an idea arrives fully formed and I don't really feel like I've had anything to do with it. I did an NLP course recently and it's made me a lot more aware of how I actually think, so at the moment the curious thing about my mind is how curious my mind is about my mind....(unpick that if you dare!).
3. Tell us a ‘Curious Story’ about yourself
The first time I ever went in an aeroplane was when I did a parachute jump. For about a year I was able to claim to have taken off in an aeroplane, but never to have landed in one. Just before we jumped I remember thinking 'Why on earth did I choose to jump out of a perfectly good plane?'. It was very exhilarating - everyone should do it at least once!
4. If you could be a famous artist/performer from present, past or future who would you be and why?
Erm......there are lots of people I admire, but I'm not sure I would actually want to be them. Lots of the more edgey artists I like have had horribly troubled lives - and I'm all for a peaceful, gentle, playful life! Also, if I was them, I wouldn't be able to appreciate them! I think I'll stay being me thanks very much.
5. You've lived in Liverpool, Todmodren and now Burnley - one thing/place/activity in all three locations you would recommend?
Liverpool has changed so much since I lived there. Part of me always thinks of Liverpool as home because I had such great experiences of being there, and I'm so glad I get to go to Liverpool quite a lot through Curious Minds. Go to St Luke's Church (the bombed out church) at the top of Bold Street. It's an amazing building which was hit during WW2, but still stands as a shell and physical memorial to some of the most amazing blitz stories about strong human spirit which I've been privileged to hear from people who experienced that time, when I worked with Urban Strawberry Lunch. It has no roof, or insides, but is eerily quiet. Urban Strawberry Lunch are still artists in residence there and regularly put on brilliant performances and events in this magical space. Quite unique.
Todmorden - apart from the very dramatic hills, which I love, it probably has to be Three Wise Monkeys - a little bar that sells very unusual beers and has a nice atmosphere, friendly faces (and welcomes my little dog Barkley).
Burnley - Curious Minds. Obviously. I'm voting with my feet on that one.
6. Contemporary art - Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst etc. - This isn't art - Discuss .
I like anything that makes me see something differently, and challenges me to look from a different perspective. Whether I really like something, or really dislike it, am made uncomfortable or elated I just want to experience some kind of strong response - it actually doesn't matter what the response is. Some modern art completely does this for me and some I feel completely underwhelmed by, which is when it doesn't work for me. But I appreciate that's different for everyone and what doesn't engage me will engage someone else.
7. If you could live in one place in the North West where would that be and why?
In a wooden hut in the middle of a woodland, near a stream, anywhere that I can't hear traffic and can look at the stars without seeing light pollution from silly orange streetlamps.
8. Desert Island – three luxuries - what are they?
An endless supply of really good cheese and red wine (is that one or two?). A sauna. A really good masseuse. I wouldn't want to be rescued - this sounds like heaven to me.
9. If you didn’t work for Curious Minds where and what would you be doing?
I'd be living out of a rucksack, playfully experiencing whatever life puts in my path.
10. What do you like about working for Curious Minds?
The total commitment of the people I work with to doing the best we can do to enable more young people to experience a creative way of being. That our individual ideas are respected and heard and valued and we're a damn strong team. That during busy and challenging times we're pulling together and supporting each other. That we actually do make a difference to young people's lives - what's more important than that?