Well, it’s been over 2 weeks now since I had the meeting with the Herts Art Development Officers.
The upside is the Officers think that the art cabin is a wonderful idea, with huge potential and will benefit those who use it. They suggested that once it is up and running, the school could apply for an Artsmark award.
By doing this the school and its teachers offer public recognition of commitment to the arts and Artsmark raises the profile of the school and its arts provision in the local community. (As quoted by the Arts Council).
The Officers also suggested that I should become an Arts Award Advisor.
Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and is available throughout England. The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification at three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. (As quoted by Arts Award website). It is aimed at 11-25 year olds, and would be available for the year 6 children who wish to partake.
An advisor would generate opportunities for young people to explore creativity and offer support to them on a one to one basis or in a group setting.
The downside at the moment is funding, the Officers are not presently in a position to offer any sort of funding, and since we are situated in a nice area connected to a school, we would be highly unlikely to receive any lottery funding either.
My next task is to forge links with the local secondary schools art departments. I am also hoping to see some more work completed by the time we return to school.
I would like to also introduce Lyn Hardy who has kindly offerd to help me in the Art Cabin. I think we should now be called the Dynamic Duo!