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Diversifying the cultural education workforce with international artists
In early 2022, Curious Minds and Community Arts North West (CAN) launched a pilot training and development programme called Pushing Boundaries.
The project forms part of our work to improve the diversity of the cultural education workforce, and is designed to remove barriers to learning for a group of international artists, some of whom have experienced forced migration, enabling them to learn skills and develop networks that will support them to work in schools in England.
The value of having diverse cultural voices and experiences visible within our schools cannot be understated as a vehicle for inspiring young people, fostering a sense of belonging and supporting learning.
"The school placement felt like a real achievement. Having some support from my mentor to plan lessons was useful and I think my dance classes sparked inspiration for the young people."
This was an invaluable hands-on learning for the artists, who gained:
- Knowledge of the curriculum and an insight into how schools work.
- Experience of how their artform can benefit children and schools.
- An understanding of how to communicate with and market themselves to schools.
- Skills to plan, deliver and evaluate sessions in schools.
- Improved facilitation skills for work in schools.
Year Four pupils had a great time taking part in a Pushing Boundaries workshop delivered by musician Fariba Taghypoor and artist Claire Weetman that focused on the #sounds we hear in our environment.https://t.co/CpOHBqgm3W#SGSInspires #SGSJuniorSchool pic.twitter.com/myD5UcVjr2— Stockport Grammar (@stockportgs) February 1, 2023
"This was my first time working in a British school. The kids loved learning about Dabke, the Palestinian national folk dance, with the added bonus that I was able to speak Arabic with some of them. My mentor was amazing! The whole placement went really quickly."
Meet the Pushing Boundaries artists
Abas El Janabi
Pushing Boundaries Mentors
Pushing Boundaries is a Finalist in the Manchester Culture Awards 2023!It was announced on the 4 October that our innovative project has been shortlisted as a finalist within the awards’ category of Promotion of Culture and Education.
The creative workforce in the UK is not representative of the population. The Pushing Boundaries project responds to Manchester being one of Europe’s most culturally diverse cities where nearly 200 languages are spoken. It’s important that children and young people work with teachers and creative educators who mirror their own cultural backgrounds.
Working with diverse artists supports children and young people’s confidence and well-being, their aspirations, tackles educational inequalities and helps build community cohesion.
We’re delighted that all Pushing Boundaries’ artists have gained paid facilitation work with a wide range of Greater Manchester organisations, schools and educational institutions.
Curious to know more about this project?If you have further questions about Pushing Boundaries and our work to diversify the cultural education workforce, please contact Sara Domville, our project lead.
Cultural Education Manager