Open Doors, part of the Hertfordshire Young Cultural Ambassadors Programme

IMG_5264Calling all venue-based Arts and Cultural Organisations in Hertfordshire to participate in OPEN DOORS, part of the HertsYCA programme 2014-2015.

The Hertfordshire Young Cultural Ambassadors programme is a youth leadership programme co-funded by the Royal Opera House Bridge working in partnership with Sir John Lawes and The Wroxham Teaching Schools, their school alliances and local cultural partners in Hertfordshire. HertsCreation Community Interest Company manages the project. Now in its second year, the Herts YCA programme will work with 10 schools and up to 12 young people in each school during the 2014-2015 academic year. The programme aims to deepen relationships between young people and arts and cultural organisations in Hertfordshire.

We would like to hear from venue-based arts and cultural organisations seeking to build stronger links with schools and young people.

  • In the Autumn or Spring terms, can you ‘open your doors’ to offer ambassadors a tour of your venue, give a short talk about what you do and how you work?
  • Could you link this YCA visit to an existing workshop or programme that YCAs can participate in?
  • Do you have a young person or families offer that you would like publicise through this visit?

Please note that to aid participation all Open Door events should be free or low cost to schools and YCAs.

What’s in it for you?

YCAs will tell their school and community about your cultural offer. They will actively encourage their teachers, peers and families to visit your venue by undertaking a blog post on the HertsYCA website and an assembly at their school. YCAs may seek to develop a longer-term partnership between your venue and their school.

What do you need to do?

  1. Select 3 to 5 dates and times between November 3 and 2 April 2015 when you could host a visit by a YCA school group and their lead teacher.
  2. State your venue’s name, address and details of how to book including a contact name and maximum number of guests you can host.
  3. Give brief information about your work and the sort of experience YCAs can expect when they visit you.
  4. What else can you offer? Please give information on any other offers you wish to make to YCAs and schools involved in the programme. This can include information on existing programmes of work and key dates that you wish to publicise to audiences.

Email information to including ‘Open Doors’ in the subject line. Do get in touch if you would like more information about the programme or have other ideas about how you and your organization would like to be involved.

Deadline for submissions Monday 6 October 2014



HertsCreation Autumn Newsletter 2013


It’s been an exciting year so far for HertsCreation! We began life as a Community Interest Company in October 2012 with a busy period of funding applications and meetings across the county with organisations in the voluntary and local government sectors.

Although the funding climate remains challenging, one striking feature across the Herts landscape is the growing number of networks and hubs for arts and cultural activity, including the Hertfordshire Arts Partnership and support of Royal Opera House (ROH) Bridge.  We have been pleasantly surprised at the number of doors that were opened for us by different individuals and groups with a vision for the arts. We are fortunate that these conversations are now helping us build a strong programme of activity this autumn. So what are we up to?

June 20, YCA Launch Event, , Royal Opera House

Our Activities in 2013 Continue reading

YCA Launch Event June 20, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

HertsCreation are delighted to be project managers for the Hertfordshire Young Cultural Ambassadors (YCA)Programme and to have facilitated a successful launch in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House on June 20th, attended by over 70 young people and an additional 30 teachers and artists. The programme reflects our passion to continue to support teachers and young people to access and produce high quality art and cultural experiences. The work continues our engagement in Hertfordshire which began with the support of Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships. The current work of ROH Bridge is invaluable in sustaining and building new partnerships with Teaching Alliances and other arts organisations in Hertfordshire. The YCA programme is showing strong potential to act as a catalyst for dialogue and exchange between different cultural groups and organisations. We look forward to the next phase of activity which we hope will expand cultural capacity of schools and arts organisations in Hertfordshire and support the engagement of young people in the arts and cultural sectors. Visit  to see what we have been up to and read teacher posts on inspiration.
Emily Gray, Artistic Director, Trestle Theatre said : ‘what a pleasure and privilege it was to work with you at the Launch – splendid collaboration in a splendid setting. There is such passion and energy behind this project and I do hope it goes well for Herts Creation and all the young people involved.’
Sandringham School tweeted: ‘@ROHBridge @HertsCreation Thank you all for an inspiring day. We have lots of ideas to go away and work with. A fantastic and inspiring venue.’