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Youth Arts Transforms Lives – FACT!

November 12, 2010

ENYAN National Campaign 2010/11

Youth Arts Transforms Lives - FACT!

Youth Arts Transforms Lives - FACT!

Would you like to inform and influence youth arts practice?  If so, please get in touch with ENYAN (enyan@artswork.org.uk).  The English National Youth Arts Network which is delivered by ARTSWORK is running a wide range of initiatives throughout 2010/11 to clearly illustrate how the arts can transform the lives of young people.

Online Campaign Day 24th November 2010! ENYAN is encouraging the youth arts sector to promote the National Campaign 2010/11 ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives – FACT!’ on an official day (24 November 2010) dedicated to raising the profile of the campaign and reaching out to any many people as possible. A ‘Campaign Badge’ and animated flash banner is available, to take part simply email: enyan@artswork.org.uk.

Launch of NEW Online Youth Arts Portal! If you have videos of youth arts projects that you would like to share with others, join the new YouTube group:

‘YouthArtsTransformsLives’:http://www.youtube.com/user/YouthArtsPortal. Showcase your work and learn about the successes of other youth arts projects that have taken place.

Regional Youth Arts Champions! The National Campaign will be recognising the efforts of individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to youth arts and deserve further recognition in their region and beyond. All of the nominations for this campaign initiative are now in and ENYAN’s Regional Advisory Panels will shortly be announcing the successful Champions.

Online Campaign Resources! ENYAN has been seeking case studies which illustrate and provide evidence that the arts do transform lives. Contributors have been encouraged to submit case studies of projects that feature individuals or groups of young people that are/were between the ages 12-25 when the youth arts project took place. Thank you to all those who submitted case studies in time for our recent deadline. We are delighted to have received such high quality submissions and to have gathered together a fantastic wealth of evidence. The Case Studies will now be used as advocacy and lobbying tools and, in the New Year, many will be included within our 9 Online Campaign Resources (one per region). We trust that these will become extremely useful resources for the sector.

The Online Campaign Resources will also hold an invaluable Appendix – again we will be collating information provided by you!. This will be a list of essential publications plus internet links to major arts and youth organisations, research and statistics relevant to those offering youth arts services. We are therefore seeking reports, resources, publications, evaluations, surveys etc which can offer the sector a coherent appendix of evidence. There is no restriction on the delivery date of projects or date of publications; we are pooling together evidence new and old. Please send us the material/link or signpost us by emailing: enyan@artswork.org.uk.

The Online Campaign Resources will also feature key statements from leading sector representatives who are working with us to help drive forward the campaign and all Regional Youth Arts Champions will also been provided with a platform to have their say!

ENYAN launched this year-long national campaign – ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives– FACT!’ – in June 2010 at a hugely successful conference in Northampton.  The aims of the campaign were decided following a sector-wide consultation and relayed for the first time to conference delegates at the launch. The aims are:

  • Produce and share evidence to support key messages regarding the value of youth arts
  • Increase knowledge, understanding and support for youth arts by politicians and government ministers
  • Make a strong case to local stakeholders and local authorities, to regional and national agencies and to funding bodies to invest funds in youth arts and for us to be able to provide evidence as to why this is relevant
  • Demonstrate the value and impact of youth arts to services and agencies supporting hard to reach young people
  • Highlight  key national initiatives benefiting the youth arts sector and creating a framework for how they can be delivered at a regional level

A key outcome of this campaign will be to equip sector professionals with the evidence to back up their claims that the arts can and do transform the lives of young people and help us all to demonstrate this to investors and stakeholders.

For more information regarding the campaigns aims, objectives and delivery model, please contact t: 023 80682 535 or e: enyan@artswork.org.uk

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