‘Our work in education has as much effect on us as it does the kids; we become part of their story.’ - Lemn Sissay
I attended Curious Minds’ Cultural Education Conference at LICA a few weeks ago, and was excited to see what I could learn and apply to our schools programme. In particular, I wanted to come away with some tried and tested methods for working with schools.
However, I gained something completely different! Listening to speakers and colleagues from across the cultural sector, a common theme emerged: Why is it important that cultural organisations connect with schools? And is access to the arts a fundamental right for everyone, or must we concentrate our resources in particular areas?
Having been planning CPD workshops over the past few weeks, I’d been busily immersing myself in curricula and specifications to plan relevant workshops for teachers. But this question forming in my mind allowed me to take a step back and think about the reasons I do what I do.
I remember being taken to the Tate Modern on a school trip during sixth form, where I experienced Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project. This was the moment I knew I would work in the arts; the hall was filled with magic, and I loved sitting there alongside hundreds of other visitors absorbing every detail of the artwork. Every child and young person should have the opportunity to feel this sense of wonder and excitement – and to be inspired to think about the world differently.
Back in the office, I’m connecting the curriculum dots with my innate passion for art and working on some new and exciting schools workshops for the remainder of the Autumn term. Stay tuned!
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