NW Cultural Citizens Pilot Success – Curious Minds

NW Cultural Citizens Pilot Success

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February 21, 2018
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Cultural Citizens Challenge in the North West is a Success!

Curious Minds are one of three organisations to have run a pilot programme, funded by Arts Council England, to test how the Cultural Citizens Scheme , as outlined in the government's Culture White Paper, could work. The national evaluation which was released today, has hailed the pilot a big success.

In the North West, 223 pupils aged 11-14, who had extremely limited experience of arts and culture, were supported to choose, plan and go on cultural visits across the North West and beyond. Drawn from 10 schools across Liverpool and Blackpool, the pupils also completed a Bronze Arts Award qualification. Between them, they went to over 100 different events at 57 venues. They have provided valuable feedback, which will help arts and culture organisations become more attractive to other young people.

Curious Minds Chief Executive, Derri Burdon said: "The North West's arts and culture offer is rich and diverse. We want to make sure that all children and young people benefit from access to our region's great cultural venues and experiences. A national roll out of Cultural Citizen's scheme would help make that happen. We're pleased to be using our experience and expertise to help shape this."

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