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Arts Award to launch 10th anniversary celebrations with Start Your Arts Award Day supporting BBC Arts Get Creative


Arts Award is launching its 10th birthday celebrations with Start Your Arts Award Day on 1 October, as part of BBC Arts Get Creative – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity. Arts Award, which is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England, has joined organisations nationwide to become a Get Creative Champion.

Start Your Arts Award Day will see hundreds of young people begin new creative projects. Arts Award centres across the UK – including schools, arts organisations, libraries, museums and clubs – will run activities to inspire young people to get involved on 1 October, supporting Get Creative’s aim to boost creativity nationally.

Young people starting their Arts Awards on 1 October will work towards achieving a national qualification that helps them to develop as artists and arts leaders, or an introductory level that nurtures creativity and communication. The programme develops leadership skills and bolsters independence, preparing young people for further education and employment.

Diana Walton, Arts Award Development Lead, Trinity College London, says, ‘In Arts Award’s 10th birthday year we want to celebrate young people’s artistic achievements, in all shapes and sizes. We are encouraging all Arts Award centres to begin projects on 1 October, so that many more young people can be offered the chance to get creative and get a qualification. Our aspiration is for a quarter of a million Arts Awards to be achieved by young people, so let’s all make that happen!’

Arts Award centre, York Theatre Royal will run an event on Start Your Arts Award Day to attract a new group of young people. Director, Kate Plumb says, ‘I’d encourage all organisations who offer arts and cultural projects for young people to deliver Arts Award. Being an adviser is incredibly rewarding. I have seen Arts Award change the lives of many young people. The next generation of arts leaders is going to be outstanding!’

A new resource to support trained Arts Award advisers who want to kick-start their delivery can be downloaded from Arts Award’s online adviser hub and from October, a special discount is available for moderations taking place before 31st March 2016. Advisers can also register their interest in getting involved with Arts Award’s 10-month long birthday celebrations at artsaward.org.uk

There are also opportunities for centres and Arts Award Supporters to link creative projects to the 2015 Get Creative Family Arts Festival which is supported by Arts Award. The festival, which takes place during October including the half-term holiday, aims to increase the amount and range of high quality arts available across the country to families.

Training for arts and education professionals who want to get started with Arts Award is available across England during every month of the year, with courses also now available in Wales and Scotland. Training can be booked at artsaward.org.uk/training

Organisations that offer activities, events, expertise or resources which could help young people working towards their Arts Award can sign up as an Arts Award Supporter at artsawardsupporter.com

11 Sep 2015