Staying connected through the Arts Award Leadership Network

Date Created: 27th Jul 2021

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Arts Award Leadership Network (AALN) Mentor, Julie Neville highlights the importance of connection to networks when apart, and how this kept the programme running.

It’s been really valuable for me to continue as an AALN mentor during this last year. At a time when we found ourselves separated from lots of work colleagues and contacts, my mentoring role enabled me to stay connected with both Arts Award centres in the South East and with others in the Leadership Network – between us we frequently support each other and share ideas and inspiration.

I was able to carry on supporting schools, arts and cultural organisations to continue their Arts Award journey through remote and digital processes, ultimately meaning that more young people were able to achieve their Arts Award during such a challenging year. A really important aspect of the leadership programme for me is the chance I get to actually be an Arts Award adviser and guide young people through their Gold award. During the pandemic one of my students overcame so many hurdles to complete her Level 3 award and progress onto art college as well as being recognised in the Trinity Talent Class of 2020, what a great achievement!

Julie is delivering a session on delivering Arts Award digitally on October 21st. This session is aimed at advisers who want to use digital materials and resources for the first time. See more information and book on here.

Image: A piece from Aleysha’s work, which was recognised in the Trinity Talent Class of 2020


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