In collaboration with Music education hubs in the East Midlands, The Mighty Creatives commissioned Hand on Heart Arts Ltd to undertake research, consultation and a feasibility study to test the need for a musical talent and progression programme for young people living in the region. The partnership identified a gap in musical provision and an opportunity to work together to find new and different ways to engage young people in music making, performance, production and consumption. Our research has led to the production of a young people and sector led vision for young people's musical talent and progression a strategic plan for the region. Click on the dowload to the right of this box or download the report by clicking here.
EMBridge's 2013 State of the Region report focuses primarily and unapologetically on schools and their vital role in the provision of cultural education. This report takes a sample of East Midlands schools to better understand their aims and priorities. This is supported by more detailed enquiry carried out by expert practitioners into the teaching of the visual arts, music, dance, drama and film. Finally, we make sense of the seismic shifts that are happening across all levels of education provision, from the review of the national curriculum, to qualifications, accountability measures and school structures. A series of recommendations suggests ways forward for our Bridge programmes and partnerships. The full report can be downloaded to the right of this box or by clicking here.
Findings from a sample size of East Midlands schools featured in the State of the Region 2013 report prompted a series of further questions which formed the basis of our extended survey with schools. The research presents some robust facts and figures from throughout the region and together with the State of the Region 2013 report provides guidance for The Mighty Creatives on-going work and our Bridge Year Two plans. Click on the download to the right of this box or read more here.
The Mighty Creatives is part of a national network of 10 Bridge organisations, funded by Arts Council England to use our experience and expertise to help more children access more great art and culture more of the time.
By doing this we will also develop children and young people's own artistic capability so that they can continue to shape art and culture in their communities in the future.
Bridges will run from 1st April 2012 until 31st March 2015 and will focus on connecting schools and communities with the National Portfolio network, as well as other arts and cultural organisations, education organisations and museums. Our full Programme Summary can be dowloaded to the right of this box or by clicking here.
This publication is the first in a series based on annual intelligence gathering as part of The Mighty Creatives' role as East Midlands Bridge organisation.
It is well recognised that access to high quality cultural opportunities at an early age brings about enhanced community well being, raised aspirations and increased life chances for people. The Mighty Creatives in its role as EMBridge, is now mobilising itself to provide that 'bridge' between children and young people and those who work with them, and the arts and cultural sector. Its aim is to develop a shared ambition for offering children and young people from a wider range of backgrounds access to the long-lasting benefits of making, producing and experiencing high quality art, culture and heritage. This State of the Region report is just the starting point for us. It sets out a baseline picture of current arts and cultural provision in the East Midlands and provides a platform from which TMC can develop partnerships and an initial programme of Bridge activity and ongoing programme of intelligence gathering research. Read more...
Dubit Ltd were commsissioned by The Mighty Creatives to provide insights into the lives of young people across the region to feed into The State of the Region 2012 report. 8 case studies were produced, documenting the reality of young people's cultural lives from their different economic, social, family and ethnic backgrounds. The research explored the cultural opportunities and lack of cultural opportunities the young people experience - where there are services and where there needs to be improvements. Most of all the report provides an honest exploration including blog posts, photos and videos by the young people themselves. Read more....
This report was supplemented with video footage of the participants which can be viewed here or by clicking on the image above.
The Artsmark award scheme encourages schools to increase the range of arts they provide and to raise the profile of arts education throughout England. Since the first awards were made in January 2001, Arts Council England has received over 4,000 Artsmark applications from schools throughout the country. Thirteen per cent of all schools in England currently hold an Artsmark award. This evaluation report (2006) is the first large-scale evaluation of Artsmark and summarises the positive improvement framework the scheme provides. Read more...