Arts Award Leadership Network Mentor
As a firm advocate of creativity in skills development and employability, I am delighted to have supported young people to achieve their Arts Award in a range of settings and levels, particularly focusing on creative and classical music through programmes at London Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Whether young people have researched performers than inspire them, reviewed performances with a critical eye or created a piece of performance from scratch, the skills learnt through the award make them more dynamic, confident and self-reflective learners – valuable skills for their future study and employment. In my current role at The Point, Eastleigh, Arts Award is an important part of our Arts and Culture programme, with regular opportunities to achieve awards whether participants are interested in film, performance skills, stage makeup or even skateboard design!
I am honoured to be a member of the Arts Award Leadership Network and enjoy the opportunity to connect with a wide range of organisations, from schools to sports charities and even Higher Education settings, exploring how Arts Award can celebrate success and evidence quality in their own young people’s creative journeys. The network is a great place to start to discuss plans, develop ideas and find solutions, both for those who are mentoring but also those who access the support on offer, so if you are looking to find some answers as to how you can incorporate or develop Arts Award accreditation for the young people that you work with, this is the network for you!