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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.
November 30, 2020
Young person holding microphone enjoys performing with other choir members

Liverpool LCEP in Focus

What tangible difference are Local Cultural Education Partnership making for young people in North West England and how are they uniquely position to effect real change where its needed most? Curious Minds asked Sarah Bailey, cultural education consultant and facilitator, to take a look at how the Liverpool Partnership has been able to make connections that really count.
November 18, 2020
Two young adults plan a project together

Prepared for Change

Curious Minds' Head of Careers & Employability, Holly Ball, considers the vital skills cultural education offers young people, as they prepare for a rapidly changing and unpredictable employment landscape.
November 13, 2020

Hope and wellbeing in Lockdown

Emma Robertson of Ullswater Community College (UCC) shares their celebration of human rights and creativity; everything from climbing the highest heights to personal messages of hope.
November 10, 2020
Stockport Grammar School Drama Class

Lessons from Lockdown

Matt King-Sayce, Head of Drama at Stockport Grammar School, shares his retrospective on leading the Arts in lockdown
September 11, 2020

The CASE for Arts & Culture in Recovery

Louise Robson, Creative Director at Wigan STEAM, and Curious Minds CASE fellow, writes a provocation on the importance and necessity of including arts and culture as an integral part of the recovery curriculum.
September 4, 2020
A young adult and older male walk through a cultural venue deep in discussion

Hope Floats

As the government unveils more details of its 'Plan for Jobs’, Curious Minds' Head of Careers & Employability, Holly Ball, reflects on the opportunities and challenges the initiative presents for the cultural sector.
July 16, 2020
Hope Streets: A Curious Minds Programme

Hope Streets and Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement asks many of the same questions posed as part of Hope Streets: What stories from our past are preserved, and which are hidden away? What questions do we need to ask and what truths do we need to learn about the names memorialised in statues and street names?
June 19, 2020

Where will YOU find Hope?

Produced by Blaze, this entirely young people powered programme celebrates creativity, heritage and diversity. The Festival of Hope is a pioneering festival that places young people at the heart of design, making, programming and production.
June 19, 2020
A diverse group sat in a circle.

Still curious about Creative Sanctuary

In Refugee Awareness Week last year, we launched our intention to work in partnership with Artreach. We wanted to find out more about how art and creativity were being used to support refugee children, particularly in schools, and to look for any gaps and opportunities to support, to innovate, to fundraise, or to invest.
June 18, 2020

Words are our Power

Alice Bunker-Whitney, Project Manager for Children & Young People at Writing on the Wall, shares an impactful CPD that took place last week.
June 5, 2020

Creative Aspirations Week

Mrs Sarah Ackerley, Creative Arts Leader at St Kentigern’s Primary School in Manchester, discusses the success of a creative aspirations week in her school.
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