Adviser: Dan Barton

Context

Bronze Arts Award was delivered over a week in the summer holidays with a group of 18 young people. Arts Award gave a structure and an outcome to The Collective’s method of working. The Collective is a Devon Youth Service Peer Education Project, promoting music, media and the arts in the local community.

The Collective specialises in working with young people in difficult circumstances, such as inclusion groups, young carers and young offenders and has a group of young music leaders who act as peer educators, who deliver music workshops in youth settings. The Collective specialise in meeting young people ‘where they are’ in their development and offering a friendly hand to help them accomplish their own goals, be it music advancement or teaching. The Collective have two recording studios, and a mobile set up, which is used to engage young people in rural areas as well as deliver cutting edge music technology to young people in urban areas. Some of the young people on the course were young carers who had to learn to balance their own personal attachment issues, in order to complete Arts Award.

Approach

The young people working towards Bronze deliver music workshops to their peers in youth settings. The ‘Bronze in a week’ project ended with a presence at a community fun day with the participants being supported by longer term leaders to offer workshops to members of the public. Young people attended gigs in the local area for Bronze Part B – explore the arts as an audience member. For Part D, young people delivered workshops for their peers and for members of the public at a community day. They worked with local artists to fulfil Part A, explore the arts as a participant.

Impact

Of the young people who completed, the adviser had seen growth in their confidence to complete tasks and they can now see the trust that has been placed in them to help others accomplish their goals. The Collective has become a stronger group of young music leaders thanks to Arts Award. Some of the young people were experiencing their first learning environment outside of the classroom., which they really enjoyed and said they worked harder than they do at school!

Cultural links

Most of the Bronze activity was delivered by staff already part of The Collective. In addition, The Collective welcomed Wren Music, a local a capella group, and a visual and music artist called Simeon Aside. These artists have previously worked with The Collective, but also their excellent conduct with the young people.

Moderation

Arts Award adviser Dan Barton says:

"I was really happy with how our moderation went, and we will definitely run Arts Award again – probably at different levels."

Funding

The Collective received Youth Music funding in 2011, which covered the costs for training, project content and moderation.

Comments

Dan, The Collective’s Arts Award adviser, delivering Arts Award for the first time, enjoyed watching the young people come to life in their role facilitating for their Bronze Arts Award. He thought the young people were ”amazing” in their dedication to each individual from helping to print our evidence and discuss challenges, to delivering workshops.

“The young people have constantly been asking to start working towards Silver since achieving Bronze! The young people have been proudly showing off their Arts Awards and also telling their friends about the opportunity.”

Dan Barton, Arts Award adviser