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Sharing our Insights and Understanding of Young People Today and their Varied Journeys to Engagement in Arts and Culture

Calling all artists, arts organisations, museums, heritage sites, librarians, musicians, Music Hubs, archivists, film makers, science and arts specialists, researchers, activists, teachers and youth workers. If you work with children and young people in the arts and cultural sector this event is for you!

Arts Connect will share the key findings and insights from a ground breaking piece of research undertaken by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, the largest cultural strategy agency in the UK and arts organisation We Are Frilly who are specialists in developing and delivering high quality participatory arts practice.

Date: Tuesday 26 June 2018

Time: 10:30am – 4.00pm

Location: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

The research provides:
  • Deep and wide-ranging knowledge of young people and their lives, illustrating the extent and range of their current engagement in culture
  • Understanding of the decision influencers and decision making processes and key trigger points for engagement including the influence of families, schools, arts and cultural organisations and any significant others
  • The perceptions of, attitudes towards and motivations for engaging in culture and investigating the barriers to engagement and how these might be overcome
How to Book

Reserve your place here. 


“The voice of young people shines through this insightful study. Through creative peer-led qualitative research with 146 10-18 year olds and a demographically representative survey of 1,607, the study provides rich and robust evidence that illuminates the place and meaning of arts and culture for young people.”

Jo Hargreaves, Director, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre


“This study gives a rich and insightful snapshot into the lives of digitally native young people in the West Midlands, and their attitudes to culture – as they define it. Our research aims to provoke creative and cultural organisations keen to engage young people into challenging their existing programming and engagement strategies, enabling a more responsive and agile sector.”

Kirsty Hillyer, Director, We are Frilly


“I am very excited to share the key findings of this comprehensive research that provides Arts Connect and the arts, cultural and education sectors with an authentic voice from the young people in the West Midlands.”

Susan Goodwin