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March 17, 2021

Rethinking Recovery

How a summer of reconnection could meet and exceed recovery learning objectives.
March 10, 2021
Dancers from Formby High School

Surging Forward in Sefton

At a time of austerity and constriction, Sefton’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) is determined to maintain a high profile for its provision for the arts and creativity across its educational and community providers. Despite the new and additional challenges created by the pandemic, lockdown and school closures, their plans remain hopeful, challenging and ambitious.
March 2, 2021
Young Bubble Up participants in Claremont make a camera obscura during summer 2020

Recovery Learning: Pass the Baton

An open letter to Gavin Williamson. This summer it’s time to pass the education recovery baton to the nation’s expert army of creative educators, to give our children a summer of creative fun, friendship and freedom wherever they live.
February 24, 2021

Nurturing Creative Partnerships in Lockdown

Every challenge offers opportunity to grow. Head of Drama at Stockport Grammar School, Matt King-Sayce, seized this at the start of Lockdown#1 and has been working hard to develop new and existing cultural partnerships for his school through the last few months. Here he reflects on the positives inherent in pursuing partnerships.
February 10, 2021

Arts Award, Inclusivity & Lockdown

Emma Rucastle, Outreach Arts Practitioner & Arts Award Advisor for TramShed Theatre Company, blogs about her experience delivering Silver Arts Award online, striving to keep inclusivity at the heart of the programme during the pandemic
January 22, 2021
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High Hopes

The youth-led Festival of Hope, part of Curious Minds' flagship youth heritage project, Hope Streets, has been shortlisted in the 'Best Arts Project' category of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021.
December 4, 2020

Ready, set, GO!

Anthony Briggs, Project Manager for Lancaster's cultural education partnership Culture Co-op, shares some reflections on his time developing the Co-op’s latest project - part of the Our Place in the World: Cultural & Creative Education Programme and Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Initiative.
December 4, 2020

Arts Award in Lockdown

Arts Award can be a highly adaptable way of enabling young people facing acute challenges to develop and achieve. But what happens when its your school's first year of delivery and unprecedented circumstances threaten to interrupt students' work at a critical stage of learning? Head of Music at the Wirral Hospitals' School, Sofie Steff, charts their Arts Award journey through lockdown.
October 16, 2020

Cultural Education Unlocked

Curious Minds is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists of the North West Cultural Education Awards 2020. This year we will be celebrating the individuals and teams in our region’s schools, arts and cultural sectors who have gone above and beyond to bring creative and cultural learning to life for children and young people through the period of national lockdown.
October 2, 2020
A young Bubble Up participant works at a table with a friend. Both are wearing face coverings. One is wearing a Bubble Up t-shirt.

Bubble Up Project Update

The application window for Round 3 of Bubble Up has now closed. We would like to extend our thanks to every individual and organisation that expressed an interest in this programme.
September 24, 2020

Let’s Create: St Helens

Yvonne Bixter from Cultured, St Helens' Local Cultural Education Partnership, tells us how they share Let's Create art packs to help local young people through lockdown.
September 18, 2020

Locked down… but not out

We've decided to organise a stripped-back awards programme for 2020, which will focus on uncovering the outstanding efforts and achievements made by individuals and organisations to maintain the creative lives of children and young people during this unique period in time.
September 17, 2020

In times of uncertainty

A partnership between Curious Minds and Accrington Academy, United Learning Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious national teaching award.
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