We nurture meaningful relationships between children and young people with experience of the care system, and the adults and organisations who play a part in their lives. We place creativity at the heart of this process. We deliver creative programmes, develop partnerships between local authorities and arts organisations, and conduct research into the impact of creative interventions for care experienced children and young people.
Our Director, Adam Kent shares his thoughts on partnership building, trust and the importance of being brave when it comes to innovation.
In her blog, Don’t worry about mistakes, no-one will notice if you keep smiling!, Carol Bowden (Programme Leader Sage Gateshead), reflects on facilitating Early Years Music Making Training training as part of our More Stuff Like This Please! Programme.
More Stuff Life This Please! is a 2-year programme, funded by Culture Bridge North East and Stockton Borough Council, delivered in partnership by ARC Stockton (lead partner), Stockton Borough Council and Blue Cabin.
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In his blog, When the storm blows there are those who build shelters, and others who build wind turbines, Thure Johansen, explores the grey area between the artist pedagogy tradition and the dynamic nature of social pedagogy, and how this has been an exciting and reaffirming personal and professional journey for him.
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key area of focus for our organisation has been the ongoing development of partnerships. This has included our More Stuff Like This Please! Programme, in partnership with ARC Stockton and Stockton Borough Council. Here, Jane Gray, shares her thoughts about partnership working.
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key area of focus for our organisation has been the development of the South Tyneside Programme with South Tyneside Council, Child Trauma Intervention Services, Supanaught and a thoughtful, skilled and generous group of Associate Artists. Nicola Golightly, shares her thoughts on this work and all that it means to her.
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key areas of focus for our organisation is the development of new partnerships. The South Tyneside Programme is a fantastic example of this. Here, our wonderful Board Member Dawn Williams, explains more.
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, we have identified some key areas of focus for our organisation - one of which is training for artists and arts managers. Here, Jenny Young (Director), tells us more about this.
I was given the opportunity to enable Harewood Hill Lodge to become a creative care home. I wanted this to develop the young people as artists in whatever field they decided and for the staff to develop themselves as arts leaders. By becoming arts leaders they would have a ‘toolkit’ of essential resources to support the children and young people.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed the creative sessions we have had as a staff group, creating the story bag of A Squash and a Squeeze, and the earlier sessions at ‘Scrap Studio Arts’ with artist Yvonne Preston. The skill of using a sewing machine still eludes me, however it was fun trying!
Arts Award has made me enjoy the challenge of looking at different ways that I and other staff are able to get the young people to participate and have the opportunity of enjoying arts/music in its’ many different themes. The Arts Award has made me look at creative ways that the young people can explore art projects and have the opportunity to participate irrespective of their disabilities.