Moonbeams

The Moonbeams programme, which has grown over 20 years, has for the last eight years been developed by us, Arts Connect. We have worked with educators, arts & cultural practitioners, researchers and local authorities to deliver inspirational training, seminars, social meets, Moonbeams@Home, two major conferences, two significant Action Research programmes and three Podcasts. The most…

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Creative Careers

Highlighting Creative Careers in the West Midlands   During National Careers Week (6th to 11th March 2023) Arts Connect supported nine fun and engaging Creative Careers events for and with young people across the West Midlands, to showcase, signpost and promote the array of diverse career opportunities that are available across the arts and cultural sector.…

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The Bridge Network (2012-2023)

Reflections on Strategic Work with Children and Young People in Education, Culture and the Arts, funded by Arts Council England. The Bridge Network was established in 2012, funded throughout by Arts Council England (ACE). A connected group of ten organisations, of which Arts Connect was one, the network focused on delivering better outcomes for young…

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Breaking Barriers: Neurodiverse Youth in Film & Neurospicy

In 2023 our Film Network (who were part of our Bridge programme offer) were funded by us to develop an action research project around neurodiverse young people working in film, with the remit of exploring barriers, highlighting challenges and shining a light on success.   Our partners Rural Media have produced this wonderful and important film with…

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The CCEP Brilliant Podcast – Now Live!

Over the past two years Coventry CEP has been busy creating more opportunities for Coventry’s learning and cultural sectors to work together, to improve the quality and reach of cultural activity for children and young people in the city and beyond.   With support from Arts Connects, Partnership Investment Fund, they have developed some incredible national and…

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Poem – It Takes a Village by Jasmine Gardosi

On 1st Feburary 2023, Local Cultural Education Partnerships in the West Midlands came together in Birmingham, to celebrate their work and successes since 2015, and to discuss what lies ahead. We invited Jasmine Gardosi, Birmingham’s Poet Laureate, to join us. Jasmine spent the day listening to the stories being told, and the work being shared…

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Report – Young People’s Engagements with Heritage: Tackling Inequality & Other Opportunities for Public Policy

Young People’s Engagements with Heritage: Tackling Inequality & Other Opportunities for Public Policy 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 are clear signs of increasing interest in…

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