Digital Pick and Mix; delivering inspiring digital skills courses for arts and culture professionals in the West Midlands through Arts Connect. 

Digital Pick and Mix is Arts Connects umbrella title for the digital aspect of our programme. On this website you can access information on past and present events, bursary opportunities, research and development and resources.

Digital is an important part of our programme and we aim to support the arts and cultural sector through developing and sharing digital practice with an aim to increase opportunities for and, engagement with, children and young people.

To find out more about our current courses, please scroll down.

To find out more about Digital Pick and Mix, please visit our website.

Upcoming Events:

Briefing Event – Arts Connect Digital Courses

10am-11am: Tuesday 26th October 2022

Join us as we launch Arts Connect’s Digi pick n mix offer for 2022! 

Join Rebecca Hardy and Helen Frost to find out more about Arts Connect’s new digital courses; Creative Digital Leadership Programme and Developing Blended Learning for Schools. Both courses are fully funded and available to organisations and individuals working in the arts, heritage and cultural sector in the West Midlands.

At this informal briefing you’ll find out about each course, content and key dates and have a chance to ask questions!

To book a slot for this online event, please register via our Eventbrite page

Available Courses:

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Arts Connect Creative Digital Leadership Programme: February 2022 - Feb 2023

Arts Connect’s creative digital leadership programme will support arts and cultural organisations and individual artists to develop a leadership role in their digital practice as creators, instigators and deliverers of new digital practices, models, products and ideas.

Participants on the programme will work alongside industry partners on a digital leadership and creation programme. You will develop and test new digital approaches, ideas and strategies which will enhance your artistic/cultural practice, your vision, reach and the impact of your organisation

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Arts Connect Developing Blended Learning for Schools: February 2022 – March 2022

Arts Connect’s Developing Blended Learning for Schools course will support arts and cultural professionals to understand the pedagogy of digital learning and to experiment with using a digital application to complement or enhance their existing learning offer.

The course will be delivered online and will be a combination of directed learning delivered by guest speakers and sharing sessions. Participants should come with one area of their work that they have identified as benefitting from transforming to digital. Participants need to attend once a week on a Thursday morning, over a period of eight weeks.

 

The programme is for Arts and Culture organisations and freelance artists living in the West Midlands, whose practice includes engagement and participation. You will be:

• Working within the learning and participation department of an arts or cultural organization, or a freelance artist that works with schools.

• Looking to include digital practice to complement or enhance your physical work

• Have an identified area that you think would benefit from being delivered digitally

 

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Participant Experiences

”The programme has empowered me to initiate, create and support digital work rather than just creating”. 

Tina Hofman, Theatre Practitioner
Creative Digital Leadership Programme participant 20-21

“I highly recommend the CDLP programme, the course has provided invaluable support, inspiration and practical advice to take the nub of an idea through to prototype stage. The course has helped to build my confidence in digital leadership, working with digital artists and thinking about audience interaction within digital platforms.”

Sonya Russell-Saunders, Creative Learning Producer,
Midlands Art Centre
Creative Digital Leadership Programme participant 20-21

Full Course Information

Here you will find further information about our courses which are currently recruiting, as well as how to apply, and relevant documents.

Arts Connect Creative Digital Leadership Programme

February 2022 – February 2023

with a final sharing event Feb/March 2023

 

Application Deadline: November 26th 2021

Course Delivery: Three days in Birmingham/ Online (Covid dependant)

Application form can be found here

Information sheet can be found here

Course content document can be found here

 

Introduction

Arts Connect’s creative digital leadership programme will support arts and cultural
organisations and individual artists to develop a leadership role in their digital
practice as creators, instigators and deliverers of new digital practices, models,
products and ideas.

Participants on the programme will work alongside industry partners on a digital
leadership and creation programme. You will develop and test new digital
approaches, ideas and strategies which will enhance your artistic/cultural practice,
your vision, reach and the impact of your organisation.

Who is this programme for?
Arts and Culture organisations and freelance artists living in the West Midlands,
whose practice includes engagement and participation. You will be:
• An artistic director/lead creative professional in the arts and cultural sector in
the West Midlands who is already engaged in some digital work (individual
artists may also apply).
• Looking to include digital practice and thinking across your portfolio of work
and not just in one off projects
• Interested in leadership in your digital practice and creative output with an aim
to become creators, instigators and deliverers of new digital practices, models,
products and ideas.

What will this programme do for you?
Taking part in this course will support you in:
• Developing, exploring and prototyping new digital ideas, approaches and
products
• Developing your digital strategy and plan for the short, medium and long term
• Deepening your awareness of digital artistic practice, IP and creative digital
products/services

How will the course be delivered?
The course takes place over 12 months starting with an Induction meeting on
ZOOM 10am Wednesday 9th Feb and then 4 workshop days organised into 3
LABs as follows:
LAB 1: 14th and 15th February 2022
LAB 2: 7th June 2022
LAB 3: 25th October 2022
And an additional day to take part in a Sharing Event February 2023

What additional time is required from participants?
You will be expected to dedicate further time to:
• Undertaking work in between LAB sessions
• Meeting with your Digital Mentor
• Meeting with the course lead
A Digital Mentor will be matched with each participant who will support you
throughout your journey.

Delivery
The programme and all associated activities will take place online where meeting in
person is not possible. Any in person workshops days will take place in Birmingham.
This will be confirmed nearer the time and dependent on Covid numbers and
regulations.

What do we expect from participants?
The course is fully funded and in return we expect your commitment to:
• Attending all the LAB sessions as if they are normal working days
• Completing the required homework and preparation for LAB sessions
estimated as a minimum of half a day a week.
• Meeting with your Digital Mentor and course lead
If you are aware, at the time of applying, of a LAB date you are not able to attend,
please state which one and why on the application. All applications will be
considered on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?
Organisations and individuals will need to apply for the course by completing an
application form which asks you to outline why you want to take part, how the
course fits in with your development, what you hope to achieve and why it’s
important to you to undertake this training now.

We believe that to make the most of this course you need the support of your
organization. We ask for a reference from a Line Manager/Senior Leader/Board
Member to demonstrate theirs and the wider organisation’s support for you
undertaking this development. For freelance applicants we ask for a reference from
someone you work with or a client.
Deadline for applications is 26th November 2021 at 5pm.

Course Induction Meeting
Successful participants will be invited to a meet as a group online (via zoom) on
Wednesday 9th February 2022 to discuss and explore the course ahead of the first
lab day. The meeting will enable participants to meet the group, set out programme
expectations and answer any questions ahead of the formal start date.

If you wish to apply please contact Gemma Corden, Team Administrator
Arts Connect for an application form, at:
Gemma.C@wlv.ac.uk
For further information about the course please contact:
Rebecca Hardy
Arts Connect Film and Digital Programme Developer
T: 0797 414 8456
E: rebecca@edge21.co.uk
Twitter: @edge21rebecca

Arts Connect Developing Blended Learning for Schools

February 2022 – March 2022

 

Application Deadline:  26th November

For Application form please contact: Gemma.C@wlv.ac.uk 

Information sheet can be found here

 

Introduction

Arts Connect’s Developing Blended Learning for Schools will support arts and cultural organisations and individual artists to experiment with an element of their learning and participation offer that they believe could benefit from being delivered digitally. Working alongside professionals from the education and arts sectors, this course will give participants the tools, confidence and support to test out new ways of working.

 

Who is this programme for?

Arts and Culture organisations and freelance artists living in the West Midlands, whose practice includes education and participation. You will be:

• Working within the learning and participation department of an arts or cultural organisation, or a freelance artist that works with schools.

• Looking to include digital practice to complement or enhance your physical work

• Have an identified area that you think would benefit from being delivered digitally

 

What will this programme do for you?

Taking part in this course will support you in:

• Embed your understanding of pedagogical approaches in digital learning

• Develop, explore and experiment with an appropriate software application

• Build confidence in using digital software

• Deepen your understanding of how digital learning can work with your existing physical offer

 

How will the course be delivered?

The course takes place over two months

 

03/02/2022 Week 1. What is digital pedagogy (speaker) getting to know the group. Reflections and sharing of ideas, putting together a plan of action (2 ½ hours)

 

10/02/2022 Week 2. Self-directed learning. Choose which pedagogical approach suits your digital transformation. In your own time to finish your action plan and identify and explore which software application you plan to experiment with

 

17/02/2022 Week 3. Accessibility (speaker) ensuring accessibility is built in from the beginning. Thinking about your audience. Speaker, the ups and downs of digital transformations (Rebecca or alumni from Digital Leadership) Discovering software solutions, sharing what you have found and analysing your own capabilities.

 

24/02/2022 Week 4. Experimentation with your software solution ensuring that accessibility is built in that is suitable for your audience

 

03/03/2022 Week 5. Testing, how is it going so far? Short show and tell of what you have created so far. Opportunities for 1:1 with any of our experts

 

10/03/2022 Week 6. Sub group testing, participants put into breakout groups that are solving similar challenges, acting as critical friends to each other

 

17/03/2022 Week 7. Your blended education programme (speaker), ensuring your digital transformation works with your physical offer. An opportunity to follow the user journey to check that they fit together in a cohesive and useful way.

 

24/03/2022 Week 8. Sharing event. Showing your digital transformation analysis of process and effectiveness.

 

What additional time is required from participants?

You will be expected to dedicate further time to:

· Undertaking work in between sessions

· Meeting with your sub group

· Meeting with the course lead

 

What do we expect from participants?

The course is fully funded and in return we expect your commitment to:

· Attending all the sessions as if they are normal working days

· Meeting with your group and course lead

If you are aware, at the time of applying, of a date you are not able to attend, please state which one and why on the application. All applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

How do I apply?

Organisations and individuals will need to apply for the course by completing an application form which asks you to outline why you want to take part, what you would like to experiment with and why it’s important to you to undertake this training now.

We believe that to make the most of this course you need the support of your organisation. We ask for a reference from a Line Manager/Senior Leader/Board Member to demonstrate theirs and the wider organisation’s support for you undertaking this development. For freelance applicants we ask for a reference from someone you work with or a client.

 

Deadline for applications is 26th November 2021 at 5pm

 

If you wish to apply please contact:

Gemma Corden,

Team Administrator Arts Connect, for an application form:

E: Gemma.C@wlv.ac.uk

 

For further information about the course please contact:

Helen Frost

Arts Connect Senior Programme Manager

T: 07779773188

E: helen.frost@wlv.ac.uk