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“Let’s Ask What If?
Let’s Start a Creativity Revolution”
Darren Henley
CEO Arts Council England

Speaking in Sunderland Sept 2016

CELEBRATE Y #OURART19

We want to see schools businesses and other organisations across the UK run small, local events under the #OURART19 banner to celebrate how art connects in their communities.

We’ll send you logos and branding and share your art on social media with the #AC19OURART tag.

Our travels to school communities across the UK this year have shown us that art is alive and kicking and we need to keep it that way.

We’ve seen school plays, art exhibitions, STEAM Festivals. One of the most special moments was on a cold damp morning in a rural Sunderland on a #RocketKids visit when we heard music coming from the next room.

We want this aspect of #ARTCONNECTS19 to be a celebration of that, our art.

FIND OUT MORE

See some examples of the sort of #OURART19 events you could run in your community, but be sure to tell us so we can send you an info pack and social media templates and guidelines.

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WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR #OURART19?

There are many things that you can do in your school community during the week.

Here are a just a few few ideas, based on what we’ve seen on our travels this year:

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Art show

Display some of your art. But this is not for private views, invite your community in.

Like Alperton Community School did here.

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Dance

As Kenneth Tharpe says “Dance Connects us deeply to ourselves”.

So why not run a knees up like Dr Peter Lovatt does.

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Performance

Put on a play at school or in a community centre.

St Bernard’s Primary up in Ellesmere Port mixed art and theatre at the Adrift premiere.

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Hackathon

Get your community coding, run a day or weekend session.

Like the Liverpool Studio School’s Game Jam

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Concert

Hold a concert or performances in your school church or community centre.

We’ll never forget seeing Roy Ayers at St Saviour’s

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Open studio

If you’re an artist, a creative with your own studio, why not invite your community in?

Like the 170 artists at Kindred Studios in West London do.

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COMMUNITY SCREENING

Show the inspiring creative education documentary ‘Most Likely to Succeed’.

Have a discussion about what education might look like.

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STEAM FAMILY FUNDAY

Why not run a STEAM Co. Day for your community.

Look what happened when STEAM Co went to help at one in Teesside.

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DREAM BIG. ACT NOW

Were you as inspired by Liverpool’s Giant Spectacular by Royal De Luxe as we were?

Why not get some boxes and DIY one in your community?

KEEP THE VIBE ALIVE WITH OUR ARTCONNECTS VIDEO BLOGS

We have about 50 video blogs in the can to send out over the weeks as we build up to our big week in February.

Here’s a taster of what’s to come so, for now, sit back and let Winnie and Geoff blow you away with their generous contributions from last year.

"It's not about funding, but allowing humans to be more human"

We really didn't expect, but were delighted by this call to arms to parents, teachers and businesses from  the schools leaders' leader Geoff Barton, General Secretary of ASCL talking about the importance of, yet pressure on creativity, and arts education in UK Schools.

And you’ll be blown away by what happened when Science teacher Winnie Greer walked on stage!

Get a feel for this inspiring day from the photos above and see the complete photo gallery here.

What's in it for you:

  • Parents - find out why creativity is so important and compare your school options. Ensure your kids stand the best chance against the robots and artificial intelligence.

  • Teachers - see how primary and secondary schools teach creativity and teach creatively. Be inspired to try it.

  • Creatives - celebrate your art and share it with and be inspired by others. See how you can work with schools.

  • Businesses - come and meet your community and find out how you can collaborate with them for creativity. You might even sponsor us or help runa STEAM Co. Day before the festival.

  • Children - we will have a some creative activities for delegates and speakers children (aged 6 - 14) such as puppetry, newspaper engineering, paper rockets, t-shirt design and printing. Tickets are required and parents/carers much remain with their children.

THANKS TO THEM. But now it’s your turn

While we’re lining up partners and sponsors for next year’s event, this is probably a good time to thank all the generous companies, organisations and people who helped make the first #ARTCONNECTS Festival happen.

Do get in touch above if you’d like to be part of the next one.

WHO ARE STEAM CO.?

STEAM CO. PROVIDES INSPIRATION AND RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITIES TO RUN STEAM CO. DAYS.

Seven years ago, a group of carers (people who care about creativity - like parents, artists, techs, employers and teachers) were inspired by a TED talk and half a book to run a Creativity Festival in our children’s primary school.

We'd met some lovely creative people in a field who let us call ourselves 'The Little House of Fairy Tales'. 

Four years ago, we realised we were growing up and weren't little or about fairies and changed our name.

STEAM Co. was born.

We were aware of both the value of creativity, yet the challenges faced in UK schools, and saw an opportunity to bring the conversation out of education’s echo chambers by connecting schools, businesses and the wider community.

After a wonderful response from across the board and events in Liverpool, Sunderland, Ironbridge, Norwich, etc, a non-profit community enterprise STEAM Co CIC was founded to Put Creativity First in our Schools, Work and Lives:

Quite simply we exist to:

  • Advocate - to fight creativity’s corner, educating anyone who doesn’t get it

  • Inspire - to run events showcasing the power of creativity, tech and people

  • Action - to give communities the resources to inspire their children with creativity.

This event will advocate and inspire by celebrating the power of creativity, tech and people to engage children, innovate business and connect communities.

It's always about one thing... Connection

If you're intrigued by the event, and haven't seen this inspiring 60 second film by Seth Godin talking about how art connects, do watch it now.

It’s a big part of what got us here.

Yes, it’s your turn. Let’s do this together.