A copy of the zine Stand Out is held up against the front of a shop called Rainbow

BLOG: KENZIE CHADBURN – STAND OUT

Background to the Blog   In 2021 Historic England commissioned Arts Connect and the Institute for Community Research and Development to investigate and report on the value and impact of young people’s engagements with heritage. We had observed that there were clear signs of increasing interest in heritage amongst young people across both informal and…

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A Farewell: Artsmark and Arts Connect 2015-2023

As we pass the Artsmark baton on to Goldsmiths, University of London, we would like to celebrate and reflect on the wonderful eight years we have spent as the champions and providers of the Artsmark support programme for schools and other settings, including Pupil Referral Units and Youth Offending Services, amongst others, in the West…

The Black Country Cultural Directory

We are excited to share with you the new, Black Country Cultural Education Directory. Here you can access arts, cultural and heritage organisations, festivals, libraries, museums, artists and creative practitioners from across the rich and diverse creative landscape of the Black Country, all of which work with children! The Black Country Cultural Education Directory is a…

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Call out for Relevant Reports and Research: the Impact of Young People’s Engagement with Heritage

Young People’s Engagement with Heritage Researchers at the Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) and Arts Connect at the University of Wolverhampton are carrying out research to explore young people’s engagement with their historic environment, working closely with colleagues at Historic England. We would be extremely grateful to either hear about and/ or receive…

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British Art Show 9 Artist Workshops for Black Country Nursery and School Settings

Application deadline: Friday 26th November For an application form, click here For more information, click here   As part of the British Art Show 9 learning programme Arts Connect and the University of Wolverhampton are offering 9 Black Country schools/education settings the opportunity to apply for a free practical artist led workshop for their students.…

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BLOG: Creativity Exchange: A New Online Community to Encourage Teaching for Creativity

A new online community to encourage teaching for creativity This February Arts Council England (ACE) have launched Creativity Exchange, a new online community to encourage teaching for creativity across the curriculum. Designed for school leaders, teachers and cultural organisations who work with schools. This platform will be a place for creative inspiration and to share…