2 April 2014 at 3.03pm | Comment on this article
On Thursday 3 April Royal Opera House Bridge host Culture Counts, a conference that brings together people from across education and the arts and culture sectors to ask how we can step up for cultural learning.
Find out how you can get involved:
1. Get to know your local cultural organizations
There are many local and regional cultural arts organizations that offer opportunities for children, young people, families and schools to get involved. Find your nearest ones through local council pages, newspaper listings and tourist information.
2. Tell school governors how important it is to have access to culture
Fair access to arts and culture isn’t always assured for all children. Speak to a school governor about what’s on offer for children in your area. Artsmark – the Arts Council England’s flagship programme for schools – helps schools evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. Find out more here.
3. Be influenced by young people
Children and young people have great ideas and know what they want. Listening and creating things with them can lead to great things. Arts Award can help structure their engagement with arts and culture, offering five levels of accreditation in the process.
4. Join the Cultural Learning Alliance mailing list
The Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture. Join their mailing list to hear up-to-date news on policy and opportunities to make a difference.
5. Become familiar with Arts Council England’s Quality Principles
Goal 5 for the Arts Council England is that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture. The Quality Principles help explore what a quality cultural learning experience looks like. Find out more here.
6. Celebrate and share the impact of cultural learning
There are lots of greatcultural learning activities happening across the country, with great outcomes. Sometimes we are so busy doing, that we forget to take a minute to step back and celebrate. Keep an eye on our News & Features section, where we often feature Learning projects.
7. Visit the Creative and Cultural Skills website and find out about creative apprenticeships, traineeships and internships
Know a young person who is interested in a career in the arts? Find out more here.
8. Keep inspired: make time for your own creative interests
Dust off the violin; get back to dance class; join the local film club. Remembering why you’re passionate about arts can helps inspire others.
9. Join in the debate
Write a letter. Post a tweet. Fill out a survey. Adding your voice helps us speak louder as one.
10. Talk about why it’s important
"We know that cultural learning makes a huge impact. Make sure you tell others.
As a child I remember overhearing the music teacher at school rehearse a performance of the most ravishing song I had ever heard. I was 12 years old and I had no idea what it was, but something in the way the tune worked on my emotions made me fall in love with the girl I happened to be looking at across the classroom.
Philip Pullman, Author.
Read about other people's early experiences of culture.
What was your most memorable cultural experience when you were young and how has it stayed with you?