When It Comes to the Arts in Schools, It’s a Health Issue…

RIO Consultant and former headteacher, Gary Futcher, ponders a healthy prescription for arts and culture in schools. On World Mental Health Day it was chastening to listen to campaigner Natasha Devon speaking on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. For all the...

Community Trails Success Shows Lasting Impact of Cross-Curricular Community Projects in Schools.

Over a 2 year period, Beaford in North Devon worked with eight primary schools and six artists to explore how creative learning can be embedded into different rural settings through a programme combining arts, heritage, environment and community engagement.

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£5m Youth Performance Partnerships to boost performing arts

Five Youth Performance Partnerships will be created to bring arts organisations and schools together Five Youth Performance Partnerships will be created in England to give young people greater access to the performing arts, Secretary of State for Digital,...

Artsmark: Time to Say YAAAAY!

This Artsmark Celebration Week it’s time to say congratulations to the 45 south west schools and education settings who have gained their Artsmark awards over the past year! Artsmark is the creative quality standard for education settings accredited by...

New community opera to mark the centenary of WW1

A new opera to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War will be performed by 200 children from across Bristol this weekend [Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October] at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. Pupils from Horfield Church of England...

RIO supports organisations all across the South West to deliver excellent cultural education for children and young people.

RIO are leaders in Cultural Education. As the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for the South West of England we work with schools, youth settings and cultural organisations to connect young people with great art and culture.

Our comprehensive suite of support is offered at three levels – information and advice, training and CPD, and in depth consultancy – all subsidised by Arts Council England.

As Bridge Organisation we can provide specialist support to organisations around the Arts Award and Artsmark, to help embed the Arts Council’s Quality Principles and to develop Cultural Education Plans.

We also help deliver the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge through supporting the development of Cultural Education Partnerships in the areas where we work.

Explore this site for more on our Bridge offer and contact us to talk about how we can support you in delivering excellent cultural education for young people in the region.

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