Welcome to Artsmark Celebration Week 2020

Congratulations to all of this year’s awarded settings and welcome to the Artsmark Celebration Week Online Hub!

We will be spotlighting a different awarded setting every day this week and sharing some of the fantastic work that these schools have undertaken on their Artsmark journey. We will also hear from some of our Artsmark Partners and learn about the different ways they support our schools.

There will be new content every day, as well as updates on the Arts Connect social media channels, so check back daily to make sure you don’t miss a moment!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CelebrateArtsmark if you share anything on social media, so we can see what you are doing to celebrate.

Feeling inspired? Head to our Artsmark page for more information on how to begin your journey.

A message from Artsmark Senior Programme Manager, Helen Frost

Welcome to Artsmark Celebration Week!

As we reach the end of one of the most turbulent years we have ever faced, I wanted to reach out and say thank you to every single Artsmark school for continuing to put arts and creativity at the heart of your provision. Through social media, the Artsmark documents, emails and phone calls, you have shown the creativity of your staff and pupils and it has been phenomenal.

To those schools that have been awarded this year – you are amazing! I can guarantee that what went into your Statement of Commitment was pretty different to what you reported on in your Statement of Impact!

Let’s take this week to not just celebrate achieving Artsmark, but to remind ourselves how much we all need, and enjoy, arts and creativity – and let’s make everyone’s social media feed full of joy as we hunker down and make our way through this lockdown!

Spotlight Schools and Artsmark Partners

Spotlight School: Adderley Primary School, Platinum

Adderley Primary School were awarded in Janurary 2020.

Congratulations to all staff and students on achieving Platinum. Check out their brilliant video showcasing how the arts has become a fundamental part of school life.

Adderley Primary School

Spotlight Artsmark Partner: Entrust Music Service Staffordshire

Entrust works in partnership with schools to provide specialist expertise, ensuring every child and young person receives a good education, in a safe and healthy environment and is given expert guidance to realise their full potential.

As an Artsmark Partner, Entrust provides quality music education for Staffordshire schools. They are part of The Music Partnership, the DfE funded Music Hub for Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford & Wrekin.

Check out the videos below to see the difference Entrust could make to your setting.

To find out more and to get in touch with Entrust visit them at: http://www.entrust-ed.co.uk/

Spotlight Artsmark Partner: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Today’s featured Artsmark Partner is the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The REP offers drama and theatre education opportunities for all children and young people aged 5- 25, including a specialist programme of activity for SEN pupils run in partnership with Open Theatre.

As an Artsmark Partner, The REP has a schools programme that is delivered in schools, online and when possible, at The REP in Birmingham. It is one of the largest schools programmes in the UK, delivering over 1,000 days of drama and theatre activity across the region every academic year.

The REP is also home to their youth theatre group, The Young REP. To find out more about what it is like to be part of The Young REP, you can check out this blog post from one of their summer school participants.

Click Here Birmingham REP: Young REP Summer School

During lockdown the Young REP worked on a time capsule project. Handing over to the company, the children and young people shared what lockdown was like for them.

To find out more about Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Young REP head to their website.

Spotlight Setting: Sandwell Youth Offending Service, Silver

Sandwell Youth Offending Service were awarded in December 2019.

Throughout their journey their was a focus on threading the arts through a wide variety of subject areas to help with engagement, encourage learners to think more broadly and make learning feel accessible. You can map their full journey through two blog posts from the service. One written in the middle of their journey and another after completion.

Click Here for Artsmark and Sandwell Youth Offending Service

Click Here for Artsmark and Sandwell Youth Offending Service Follow-Up

Examples of work created by Sandwell Youth Offending Service

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Artsmark Partner Spotlight: Solihull Music Service

Through their vibrant and varied music provision, Solihull Music Service aims to improve the lives of young people through music. They create opportunities to engage with a wide variety of styles and instruments through their ensemble groups, individual lessons and music festivals.

SMS have been busy this year, in response to lockdown restrictions they have created a YouTube channel, an online resource centre and have run workshops virtually with nationally acclaimed musicians.

As an Artsmark Partner, Solihull Music Service is available to work with schools currently on their Artsmark journey.

Alongisde a fantastic music provision, Solihull believe in using iconic venues to inspire students to continue with their music making. Check out their once in a lifetime trip to the world-famous Abbey Road Studios!

To find out more about Solihull Music Service and to get involved, head to their website.

Spotlight School: Sladefield Infant School, Silver

Sladefield Infant School were awarded in October 2019.

During their Artsmark journey Sladefield Infant School commissioned a mural to depict their diverse school community. Check out the video of their mural and some more brilliant artwork created by the students during Black History Month.

Black History Month Artwork

Artsmark is turning 20!

In 2021, we are marking twenty years of Artsmark.

Artsmark launched back in 2001 and has seen thousands of schools complete their journey, putting art at the centre of what they do. To celebrate our twentieth birthday we have got plenty of exciting things for our Artsmark schools to get involved with.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information in the new year.

It's our Birthday
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More Information

Useful Links:

ARTSMARK

Explore the wellbeing activities created by Artsmark especially for Celebration Week. There are also GIFs and social media resources for you to share across your channels.

Artsmark Activities

ARTS CONNECT CASE STUDIES

Check out the Artsmark case studies and blogs on our website for an insight into the Artsmark journey.

COVID-19 SUPPORT

We have a Only Connect: One Stop Shop with plenty of home learning resources from regional, national and international organisations. As well as resources around wellbeing and mental health.