Arts Award

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Arts Award inspires young people (anyone up to 25) to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.

These levels are Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Follow the links for more information on each level and find out below how The Courtyard can support Young People completing their Arts Award.

Arts Award’s mission
to support any young person to enjoy the arts, to support young people to connect with and take part in the wider arts world, and develop creativity, communication, and leadership skills. Arts Award reflects many different interests and ambitions, encourages individual development and helps young people to define their creative futures.

 

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The Courtyard, Herefordshire’s Centre for the Arts, provides arts activities in all art forms across the county. We are a registered Arts Award Supporter and Arts Award Centre and have a range of events and opportunities to help you complete your Arts Award at Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. We work with young people aged 4-24 years within our Youth Theatre, Schools programme and Outreach work.
We have a range of Supporter events that are easy to participate in, and have a team of trained Arts Award Advisers who are happy to support young people to complete their Arts Award. Please read the information below to find out more, you can also contact Ellen Dorsett on 01432 346536 or ellen.dorsett@courtyard.org.uk to discuss how we can support you with your Arts Award.

Here is a breakdown of the different Arts Award levels and how The Courtyard can support each one;

DISCOVER
We can support parts A, B and C through our Youth Participation programme, Family Saturdays, Live events and much more.
Part A: Discover
• Young people will be able to take part in practical arts activities such as weekly Youth Theatre, Musical Theatre or Film Club sessions, we run Holiday workshops during most school holidays, our Family Saturday events are a great way to experience different art forms and every October we host our annual Family Festival which has a whole host of free activities to get involved with.
Part B: Find Out
• Young people will be able to find out about artists and their work through interviewing practitioners* and post show discussions and Q&As**.
Part C: Share
• If young people take part in our weekly sessions, they will be able to share their work with the rest of the group and through end of term showcases

EXPLORE
We can support parts A, B C & D through our Youth Participation programme, Family Saturdays, Live events and much more.
Part A: Inspire
• Young people will be able to take part in practical arts activities such as weekly Youth Theatre, Musical Theatre or Film Club sessions, we run Holiday workshops during most school holidays, our Family Saturday events are a great way to experience different art forms and every October we host our annual Family Festival which has a whole host of free activities to get involved with.
Part B: Explore
• Young people will be able to explore the work of artists and arts organisations through visiting The Courtyard, meet & greets with artists and production companies, interviewing practitioners* and post show discussion and Q&As**.
Part C: Create
• Young people will be able to create a piece of work through participating in activities listed in Part A. Art work could include; a monolgue, song or dance, a performance piece, a painting or picture, etc. There are endless possibilities!
Part D: Present
• If young people take part in our weekly sessions, they will be able to present what they enjoyed, achieved and are most proud of from their Explore work by giving a short presentation to the rest of their group and through our end of term showcases.

BRONZE
We can support parts A, B, C & D through our Youth Participation programme, Family Saturdays, Live events and much more.
Part A: Explore The Arts – as a participant
• Young people can take part in practical arts activities such as weekly Youth Theatre, Musical Theatre or Film Club sessions. Young people can visit our Art gallery, get involved with Holiday workshops (ran during most school holidays), our Family Saturday events are a great way to experience different art forms and every October we host our annual Family Festival which has a whole host of free activities to get involved with.
Part B: Explore The Arts – as an audience member
• Young people can sign up to The Courtyard Card or Courtyard Club and receive discounted tickets to live events and films. Young people also have the opportunity to write a review of what they have seen and share this on The Courtyard’s website or Facebook page.
Part C: Arts Inspiration
• Young people will have the opportunity to research artists/craftspeople/arts practitioners through meet & greets with artists and production companies, interviewing practitioners* and post show discussions and Q&As**
Part D: Arts Skill Share – passing on arts skills to other
• Young people share their arts skills/knowledge through running a short workshop which can be arranged through Ellen Dorsett (contact details above).

SILVER
We can support Unit 1 parts C & D and Unit 2 through our Youth Participation programme, Family Saturdays, Live events and much more.
Unit 1 Part C: Review Arts Events
• Young people can sign up to The Courtyard Card or Courtyard Club and receive discounted tickets to live events and films. Young people will be able to review our gallery exhibitions, live shows or events and also have the opportunity to share this on The Courtyard’s website or Facebook page.
Unit 1 Part D: Arts Research
• Young people will be able to find out more about the arts through meeting and/or working alongside arts practitioners by assisting with some of our weekly sessions, signing up to our work experience programme or applying for an internship***. All of which will help the young people to find out more about The Courtyard and the various roles available within it.
Unit 2: Arts Leadership
• The Courtyard can support young people through Unit 2 under the mentorship of one of our trained Arts Award advisors. To find out more, please contact Ellen Dorsett on 01432 346536 or ellen.dorsett@courtyard.org.uk

GOLD
We can support Unit 1 parts B, C & D through our Youth Participation programme, Family Saturdays, Live events and much more.
Unit 1 Part B: Identify Development Opportunities – within the wider arts sector
• Young people will be able to participate in development opportunities through volunteering to assist with weekly sessions, signing up to our work experience programme or applying for an internship***.
Unit 1 Part C: Research Advanced Practitioners and Review Arts Events
• Young people with be able to research advanced practitioners whilst working alongside them during volunteering and work experience placements, they will be able to interview members of staff and attend any relevant post show discussions or Q&As.
• Young people will be able to review our gallery exhibitions, live shows or events and also have the opportunity to share this on The Courtyard’s website or Facebook page.
Unit 1 Part D: Form and Communicate – a view on an arts issue
• Young people will be able to research the issue they have chosen through discussing the issue with us and seeking our views, either whilst on visits/volunteering/work placements or by contacting us by phone, email or through social media.

*Interviews can be arranged through Ellen Dorsett, contact details above.
**Post show discussions and Q&As are listed in the Live Guide
***Internships are advertised on our website

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

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