In recent years the policy landscape for arts education and cultural learning has changed radically.
There has been a decline in children taking arts subjects; a reduction in hours for teaching of arts subjects in schools; beyond school, informal programmes for young people have suffered due to cuts in local authority funds and services an much has dropped off the policy agenda — even though the case for a balanced curriculum remains strong. Despite this fractured system and difficult climate there are places where teachers and parents, schools and community organisations are choosing to become champions for the arts and heritage.
ARTS & EDUCATION: ABOUT CULTURAL LEARNING
We believe that the arts, delivered in a socially and culturally relevant way, have the power to change and shape people's lives.
The knowledge, skills and experience made possible by the performing and visual arts, music, film and exploring the built environment are essential to young people's development, including access to professional resources to experiment, create and celebrate the outcomes, both in real time and offline.
As important is access to arts and cultural institutions — music venues, theatres, art galleries, museums and libraries.
The cultural learning we support takes place with schools, colleges, community and arts organisations — informally in the wider world, creating opportunities for children and young people to express their ideas and from their values. Through cultural learning, young people and members of the community are encouraged to explore other cultures past and present and are inspired to contribute to the arts and culture of the future.
FOUR VALUES OF CULTURAL LEARNING:
- Social value of arts- Ideas, values, empowerment, participation, hapiness Partnership, tolerance, collaboration, celebration, cohesion
- Educational value- Knowledge, skills, creativity, resilience, potential Teachers, youth workers, artists, parents, carers, communities
- Economic value- Invention, ingenuity, talent, enjoyment, employment Quality, originality, growth, innovation, imagination
- Personal value- Empathy, exploration, co-operation, expression, experience Opportunity, agency, confidence, meaning, memory