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.’

OUR STORY part 2: Fail Again, Fail Better… Fly

Jumping out of a plane

Starting up a social enterprise is frequently compared to jumping out of a plane and making a parachute on the way down. Six months into the start-up of a Community Interest Company, HertsCreation, it feels appropriate to examine the heady mix of highs and disappointments that has accompanied our six-month existence and draw some lessons from it. We are going into 2013 with an exciting project, a pilot Youth Cultural Ambassador (YCA) Scheme with strong partners: the Royal Opera House Bridge and the Wroxham and Sir John Lawes Teaching Alliances. While we are looking forward to new relationships and revitalising old ones, there has also been learning for us in the experiment of setting up a new venture Continue reading