HertsCreation Autumn Newsletter 2013

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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

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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 www.hertsyca.org.uk  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.’

Herts YCA Programme – the next chapter

A while ago Martin referred to starting up a community interest company as a little like jumping out of a plane and making the parachute on your way down.  Well – now we have a team of sky divers with us and, like skydiving (I can only imagine here) – it is exhilarating!

Establishing relationships

We met our YCA Lead Teachers again on May 10th at Welwyn Garden City Library.   Emma Betts, Programme Manager ROH Bridge, and our evaluator Hannah Wilcox also joined us.  It was a fruitful morning as everyone arrived excited and raring to get going.  First we explored the YCA role – the tasks that might be undertaken, the skills and qualities needed,  who we might want to recruit to the programme, and how.  Together, we asked  how the YCAs might be supported in their role, where there was space for them to lead and how they might drive the programme – both online and off, in the schools and across the wider communities.

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YCA Programme – Meeting Our Lead Teachers

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YCA Programme Lead Teachers in St Alban’s Museum Garden

On Friday May 3rd Martin and I met the lead teachers with whom we will be working on the Young Cultural Ambassadors’ programme for the first time.  We aimed to excite those involved; outline aspirations for the programme; establish common ground and core values by igniting a collective conversation that, we hope, will place our teachers, their students and schools at the heart of the programme going forwards.  We will be blogging here and on the YCA digital platform during the programme and want to kick this off by reflecting on the session, sharing some questions and highlights from the resulting discussion.

The day dawned bright and clear and we greeted Karen, Jo, Michelle, Sue, Melissa, Nick and Ben with coffee and croissants in the well tended haven of the garden at St Alban’s Museum.  After the traditional introductions we got down to some exploratory work using metaphor, questions and mapping processes to provoke discussion and reveal the  qualities unique to each school.

We asked – What does culture mean to us? Continue reading