2016 Year of Arts & Young People

2016 is The Year of Arts & Young People in Birmingham and will see the city’s arts organisations working together to co-ordinate and communicate a cultural offer to children and young people which supports the new, collective Creative Future strategic pledges.

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A Creative Future

Birmingham’s strategy for children, young people and culture

Birmingham has the highest proportion of children and young people of any major city in Europe. 

A Creative Future reflects a shared vision for what cultural provision for children and young people in our city can and should be. 

The third iteration of the strategy builds on the strengths and achievements to date and extends the age range to include young people up to the age of 25 years. This reflects an increased emphasis on supporting young people into training and employment as pledged in Birmingham’s Youth Promise guarantee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

A Creative Future considers young people’s cultural needs with respect to universal provision - accessible to all; targeted activity - providing opportunities for those with additional needs and specialist provision to support young people with identified talent*

The strategy continues to promote the four key roles that children and young people should have the opportunity to experience, they are defined as follows:

- As an audience member a young person should have the opportunity to experience a range of high quality work, experience the work of their peers, develop critical skills and vocabulary and make informed choices

- As a participant a young person should have the opportunity to work with skilled practitioners, take part with others and improve their cultural skills

- As a creator a young person should have the opportunity to make original work and share work with a range of audience

- As a leader a young person should have the opportunity to organise, produce and manage their own work and the work of others                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

A Creative Future promotes a path of progression from first experiences through a choice of organised activities to independent engagement and, where appropriate, vocational training and employment. The strategy will not only support this model of progression with effective signposting but also, with cross-sector support, communicate it, and the city’s cultural resources and wider creative economy that underpins it, effectively to the young people of Birmingham.The strategic commitments recognise that progression in any area may not be linear and that young people will choose their own routes and timescales depending on motivation, opportunity and resources.                                                                                                                   

Creative Future Model of Engagement and Pledge

View the Creative Future film