While we all find ourselves in difficult and uncertain times, it’s great to see schools and arts organisations encourage young people to get involved with Arts Award online and hear from advisers about their plans for remote delivery. So many of you have adapted to these challenging times with such speed and creativity, so with this in mind we want to share some of the wonderful work we have seen.
Although theatre buildings may have closed, many outreach and education departments are still busy! Chichester Festival Theatre have created digital resource packs for Explore, Bronze and Silver which you can complete from home. Stephen Joseph Theatre have also made Discover and Explore log books available on their website.
Shropshire Libraries are also providing a Discover log book, along with guidance on how to complete the award at home. Maybe you could consider making and sharing your own log books based around home delivery? You could use the templates available on the adviser hub as a starting point.
Many advisers are using video conferencing and social media to continue their delivery. Skimstone Arts are delivering sessions via Zoom and are keeping up to date with their young people’s progress via group WhatsApp. MLC Academy are offering all their students the opportunity to complete Arts Award from Discover through to Gold using webinars. New Vic Youth Theatre are also delivering their Senior Youth Theatre sessions online, and Arts Award students recently took part in a performance that was live streamed on Facebook.
We’ve also seen tweets from freelance arts practitioners, who are ready to go with online support and delivery. If you are struggling with how to adapt your delivery or wondering how to enhance your young people’s home learning, consider reaching out to a freelance arts practitioner.
Schools are, of course, responding heroically; Bolton School Arts are running online courses for young people and their parents, with guidance and suggestions on how to complete Arts Award remotely. King’s School Worcester have tweeted to say that their young people are already hard at work on their awards from home. Formby High have let us know that not only are they running Bronze, Silver and Gold remotely, but they are also delivering Bronze in school for children of key workers.
The hard work and dedication we have seen from the Arts Award community inspires us all, so please do keep emailing and tweeting us about your plans. And keep an eye out for our weekly lunchtime support sessions where we will be highlighting how different centres are adapting their delivery approach.
The websites we have linked to have been shared in good faith. Trinity College London / Arts Award are not responsible for their content. We would recommend children are always supervised when online. If young people are communicating with you, or others, via video or video call ensure that you have considered the safeguarding implications and are following your organisations’ own safeguarding policy.