Celebrating Artsmark: Connecting The Artsmark Community in the East Midlands

Connecting The Artsmark Community in the East Midlands

Posted by: Rosanna Cant | July 20th, 2017

On Wednesday 12th July 2017 The Mighty Creatives celebrated some of the fantastic success stories from the growing community of Artsmark schools, at their first Artsmark Celebration Event: Celebrating Artsmark, held at Nottingham Contemporary. The event recognised the efforts of all schools on their Artsmark journey, with 8 levelled schools being awarded Be Mighty, Be Creative awards at the event.

Levelled schools so far in the East Midlands:

Greenfield Primary School

Kirkby la Thorpe CE Primary Academy

Westfield Infant School

The William Allitt School

The Giles Academy

Hollingwood Primary School

St. Giles School (Primary Special)

Saint Norberts Catholic Primary School

Manorfield CofE Primary School

Firfield Primary School

St Luke's CE Primary school

Bridgewater Primary School

The Linnet Independent Learning Centre

Inglehurst Junior School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Alvaston Infant and Nursery School

All Hallows' Church of England Primary School

Holywell Primary School

Hospital & Outreach Education, Northamptonshire

Newton Solney C of E Infant School

Abbeyfield secondary

Baslow St Annes Primary

CE Academy

Haydn Primary School

Holgate Academy

Queen Elizabeth High School

Glebelands Primary School

Since the relaunch of Artsmark in 2015, over 250 schools have registered and joined the Artsmark Community in the East Midlands. They've joined the growing national community of over 2,800 schools across England as a whole. Karen Birch, Programme Director at The Mighty Creatives:

The tenacity of each and every Artsmark school was tangible at the Celebrating Artsmark event, staged appropriately at Nottingham Contemporary. Future thinkers, yet focussed on the best outcomes for children and young people now – creativity, culture and the arts is clearly threaded thought these inspirational schools – they are great champions.

Artsmark has been designed by schools, for schools, to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance. As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a practical and valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision, whatever the starting point. Felicity Woolf, Chair of Trustees for The Mighty Creatives:

This was such an enjoyable occasion: a chance for teachers who champion the arts in their schools to share their experiences; a great excuse to have fun taking part in a samba workshop; and last, but not least, an opportunity for The Mighty Creatives to recognise the achievement of the first schools in the region to get their Artsmark levels from Arts Council England. I hope there will be many more such events.

Schools are facing challenging times, with resources at a premium in most schools. Artsmark helpfully provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum, with good support for teachers all through the process.An Artsmark school is a school committed to supporting their students and teachers alike, Nick Owen, CEO at The Mighty Creatives:

This commitment to arts and culture in our schools means that over 103,000 pupils in the region can be reached and, can have their lives transformed by the power of arts and culture. Participating in the Artsmark programme is so powerful for schools and the young people they serve, which is why it was a thrill to be at such a great celebratory event, seeing the effects that the Artsmark programme is having on children across our region.

Congratulations to all schools on their Artsmark journey, whether just registered, or levelled: Artsmark is an accreditation to be proud of, signifying a commitment to a brighter, more creative future for schools.

Julian Lloyd Webber, Musician:

Artsmark is a great way of encouraging schools to bring the arts to our children! The arts are a marvellous vehicle for bringing children together and exposure to them has been proved to have a beneficial effect not only on their other school subjects but also on their general wellbeing and feelings of self-esteem.

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