One of our goals this coming session is to try to mirror our Sport and Physical Activity Co-ordinators scheme with a similar group of people who will promote and develop the arts in East Lothian schools and communities.
Our Active School co-ordinators are having a huge impact upon children’s participation in sport and physical activity.
Given the success of this scheme we were wondering in our Creative Arts and Education Advisory Group if we couldn’t copy this inititiative but with a focus on the arts.
And so it was – as is often the way – that in conversation we came up with the idea of “Arts Coaches”. Funnily enough a google search would suggest this is not a term in common usage.
An arts coach would work with all the schools in a community to develop the arts both through direct involvement in leading activities and also through coaching others to become confident enough to lead activities themselves.
We will be discussing this at our next meeting and exploring where we might attract funding to set up such a system.
We held our second meeting of our Arts and Education Advisory Group.
This large group will attempt to develop and drive our strategy for integrating the arts and education into a seamless whole which promotes engagement, quality of performance and links with the community from the age of 3-18.
Our intention is to allow our strategy to evolve – so we spent today brainstorming all of the various artistic and creative activities which take place in our communities for young people aged 3-18. What became apparent is that there are an enormous range of diverse activities in which young people can participate.
The however is that this range of activities is often – though not always – ad hoc and often lacking routes for progression either within the school system or into the community.
For our next meeting we intend to map these activities both in a matrix format and a more literal geographic format.
As we concluded – we are not starting from scratch but all too often new strategies ignore existing practice and opportunities. Using the grounded strategy approach we intend to build from where we are and begin to gradually fill in the gaps and develop links between the activities and opportunities which currently exist.