Sussex Arts Academy Newsletter
Edition 1 March 2015

Welcome to the first edition of the SAA newsletter.“Connecting Young People to Excellence in Arts and Cultural Education”

The aim of the Newsletter is to keep partners, supporters and the Arts & Culture Education world at large up to date with the latest news regarding the development of the Charity.
And to encourage feedback, plus the sharing of ideas and expertise, on an ongoing basis to assist with the evolution of the charity ensuring it meets the needs identified by the community it aims to serve.

In The News:

In seems we are in the right space at the right time and momentum is gathering:

On 14th January 2014 – Gov statistics were published re the UK’s creative industries – the fastest growing aspect of the economy – worth £71.4billion accounting for 1 in every 12 jobs.

On 24th November 2014 the Creative Industries Federation was launched

More than 200 arts organisations and commercial creative companies representing the UK’s cultural sector come together.
The Creative Industries Federation is the first fully independent body bringing together the public and private sector, across all parts of the country, from the largest multinational to the smallest start-up, from television to computer games, from music to design, from architecture to visual arts. This is a radical and practical project to challenge the status quo and Britain’s global performance, to increase access and diversity and – for the first time – provide a single and independent voice for Britain’s fastest-growing sector.

On 17th February 2015 – Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – report by the Warwick Commission was published
The key message from this report is that the government and the cultural and creative industries need to take a united and coherent approach that guarantees equal access for everyone to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life. There are barriers and inequalities in Britain today that prevent this from being a universal human right. This is bad for business and bad for society.
Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value

On 19th February 2015 the BBC Get Creative campaign was launched
Get Creative is a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity

SAA News:

Showcase Event – 6th November 2014
Chichester Festival Theatre:

Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural SAA Showcase.
There was an excellent response from Arts & Culture professionals and educators, schools and colleges and key organisations like Artswork.

Held in partnership with e-PD and Creatives Across Sussex, the event was an opportunity for arts and culture professionals and educators to exhibit their offer to schools and colleges in a “marketplace” setting; to learn more about the aims and ambitions of the SAA and participate in discussions to help inform and shape the next stages in the charity’s development.

Having now reviewed the feedback from the discussion and analysed the results of an online survey conducted in partnership with Creatives Across Sussex it is clear there is a role for the SAA. The core element of this is to develop further partnerships between schools/colleges and key arts organisations and arts and cultural practitioners.
And achieve this via:
•    Facilitating and organising opportunities to bring these groups face to face via networking    and showcase events
•    Support this with an interactive website through which practitioners can promote their enrichment programmes to schools/colleges, and schools/colleges can access these programmes for their pupils
•    A Bursary fund available to ensure that all young people, whatever their circumstances, can be involved – and that new activity can be sponsored to fill gaps in provision.

Next Steps:

The focus of activity over the next three months will be to prepare to go live in September 2015:

•    Partnerships – Agree practical working arrangements with existing partners, and continue to identify and develop new strategic partnerships
•    Research and Fundraising – Conduct additional research to complete a Case for Support in preparation for a concerted fundraising programme
•    Bursary Scheme – determine criteria and application process. Support a pilot project with a Dance theme, following the withdrawal of support for the “Dance Time” initiative by WSCC
•    Communication and Stakeholder engagement – maintain momentum with contacts and grow the network to extend the SAA’s reach

E-Newsletters will be published regularly as required, to keep you all up to date.
Please forward on to any contacts you think would find the SAA and its work of interest and alert us to individuals or organisations you think will be of help and /or interest to us.

We look forward to working with you all to ensure the SAA’s success in ensuring access to arts and culture education for all children and young people across the county.

David Sword

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