Youth Arts Summit: 12th July 2013

In 2012 Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council held an Arts & Culture Summit, giving the cultural sector the opportunity to shape the big decisions about the future of the arts in our city but …… ‘where were the young people?’

At the Arts & Culture summit a commitment was made to hold a Youth Arts Summit, to ensure that young people get to have their say and are heard on the issues that matter to them.        

On Friday 12th July at Birmingham Hippodrome young people had the chance to witness inspiring performances and speakers, took place in creative workshops, found out what they want to know about Birmingham’s cultural life (art, music theatre and everything else), and, very importantly, told us what they think.                                                                                                                                                                                    

The Youth Arts Summit sought to:

• be a chance for the young people to find out more about arts and culture across our city, in their local neighbourhood and far beyond

• offer real insight and advice about creative careers, how to make the most of opportunities and how to create new ones                                                                                                                                                                                            

Primary Schools (10am – 12.30pm )

Classes from across all Key Stage 2 year groups (7-11 years)joined in activities throughout the morning. 

Everyone who attended:

• Participated in fun, creative sessions that asked clear questions about why and how they take part in the arts and what could be done differently

• Witnessed inspiring performances and speakers

• Found out what was happening in their local neighbourhoods. 

Shared great work that they have been involved in already                                                                                                                                                                                      

Secondary Schools (1pm – 3:30pm)

Schools brought groups of  motivated, passionate young people, across a range of ages (11-16 years), who had the desire to help shape cultural provision for young people in Birmingham.

Participants were involved in thought-provoking creative sessions, saw and heard from professional artists and performers. They found out about what else is on offer across the city and received clear information and guidance about careers in the arts.

The Big Debate (5pm - 8:30pm)

Young people 16-19/ 16-24 with disabilities joined us on the evening of the Youth Arts Summit for the Big Debate.

The Culture Commissioning Service are in the process of collating all of the information offered by all of the young people who attended on the day. These will be developed into a framework to for young people's arts in Birmingham.

The Youth Arts Summit was held as a direct result of feedback at the Arts and Culture summit led by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council in October 2012. It was delivered by the Culture Commissioning Service at Birmingham City Council with the support of major arts organisations from across the Birmingham.

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