Stepping up to the Cultural Education Challenge with Artsmark
By Emma Bush, Senior Manager for Programmes
The ‘Cultural Education Challenge’ is Arts Council England’s call for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering consistent and high quality cultural education to all children and young people.
For schools, one of the most accessible routes to engaging in the Cultural Education Challenge is to sign up to the new Artsmark Award.
In September 2016, I was thrilled to join Curious Minds as their new Senior Manager for Programmes; one of which is the new Artsmark Award. I have been involved with Artsmark in a range of roles for 15 years – as a trainer, moderator and validator. A lot has changed for Artsmark in that time.
The new Artsmark has evolved into a more strategic programme, that is focused on quality rather than quantity. Gone are the percentages of curriculum time and having to work out what percentage of boys are doing dance in an after school club! The new Artsmark has been developed by schools, for schools. It is now a forward looking journey, aligned to the specific strengths and development areas of each individual school, rather than a retrospective audit of activity.
These changes mean that any school can start their Artsmark journey whatever their current provision, as long as they have the ambition and committment to broaden and improve the quality of arts and cultural opportunities within their school.
There are a wide range of benefits for schools in starting their Artsmark journey:
Keen to get on board?
The process of registering and working towards the new Artsmark is much more straightforward.
North West England is currently leading the way for the percentage of schools on their Artsmark journey, and Curious Minds is pleased to be delivering Development Day Training and ongoing support for schools across the region on behalf of the Arts Council England.
We are also working with arts and cultural organisations across the region to help them support schools to deliver exciting, meaningful and high quality cultural learning experiences.
To find out where a Development Day is happening near you, click here.