Small clay figures holding signs. The main sign says Art isn't just a way of life. Art = Life

We’re really pleased to let you know what’s happening at Arts Connect after a year of change for us.

We have been buoyed and hugely touched by all the messages of support and the friendship shown over the past year, we have appreciated all of it. So thank you.

We completed our work as the Bridge for the West Midlands in March and we’re building on that legacy. We’re drawing on the knowledge, the expertise and the strong partnerships we’ve gained along the way to embrace a new way of doing what we do best.

Our mission is still the same…

We’re still working to expand and improve creative and cultural opportunities for children and young people. We’re still working to influence system change, where the arts and creativity are placed at the very heart of the curriculum and at the very heart of civic and community life.

As we have always done…

We’re still working in partnership with teachers, schools, colleges, artists, arts, cultural and heritage organisations and community organisations.

We’re still delivering programmes that nurture, grow and impact positively upon children and young people’s creativity, knowledge and skills.

So how are we different?

As part of the School of Creative Industries at the University of Wolverhampton, we’re now focusing the majority of our work around the University’s geographical footprint, mainly in the areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Telford, Walsall and Wolverhampton. But we’re always interested in opportunities to work more widely with partners that share our ambitions.

Our new programmes include: projects to develop and expand the visual and contemporary arts in schools; a programme of professional development for visual and contemporary artists working with children and young people; building on our networks for teachers in SEND and mainstream settings and working with the West Midlands Virtual Schools to advance creative opportunities for Children in Care.

We’re seeking investment for new projects and programmes and working in partnership to do this.

As part of our consultancy service, we’re also providing support, advice and programme and curriculum development.

Our core team is now Becky Thompson (Learning Programme Manager), Felicity Martin (Communications and Marketing Manager) and Rob Elkington (Director).

Do get in touch for a coffee and a chat if you want to explore how we might work together on our new adventure.