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Creativity counts in learning for care experienced young people


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CELCIS Education Conference: In a Scottish Government and ESF-funded initiative called Arts, Creativity and Employability (ACE), Abertay University joined forces with the Articulate Cultural Trust to carry out research.

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Creativity counts in learning for care experienced young people

  1. 1. Creativity Counts in Learning for Care Experienced Young People Articulate Cultural Trust
  2. 2. • The research question for our project was: ‘If the World Economic Forum considers creativity to be the third most valuable attribute in the workforce of the future then: • What are the causes and levels of any exclusion to creative and cultural opportunities that care experienced young people face? • What solutions should we propose to foster their creativity in Scotland? Especially, in and through the arts, culture and perhaps towards a career in the growing creative industries?’ Our Research Question: Articulate Cultural Trust
  3. 3. Articulate Cultural Trust Problem: Young people in care lack opportunity and an outlet for creative expression, interests, aspiration and talent. Solution: Support young people in care to benefit from participation in the arts and perhaps explore the creative industries as a potentially vibrant career option.
  4. 4. • This workshop will illustrate the outcomes of a short six-month project between Articulate and Abertay University. • We also focus on how an organisation such as Articulate can provide the best creative provision for young people. • How the lessons we learned can be applied to the wider educational environment. • We will look at: • What are the barriers to creative and cultural learning? • What solutions can be proposed to nurture their creativity? • We will build upon what you heard from the young people involved in our study, who continue to inform us about how culture and creativity has had an impact on them personally. Articulate Cultural Trust
  5. 5. • Build belief, trust and relationships – through an asset-based approach to young people. • Building confidence - through creative awareness, access, engagement and participation. • Building skills and knowledge - through work experience, employability and enterprise. • Building creative identity and voice – enabling and empowering the young creatives. Articulate Cultural Trust Articulate’s Approach
  6. 6. WHY WE SUPPORT A CREATIVE LEARNING PEDAGOGY AND APPROACH? • Inquisitive: Wondering and Questioning; Exploring and Investigating; Challenging assumptions. • Persistent: Tolerating uncertainty; Sticking with difficulty; Daring to be different. • Imaginative: Playing with possibilities; Making connections; Using intuition. • Disciplined: Crafting and Improving; Developing techniques; Reflecting critically. • Collaborative: Co-operating appropriately; Giving and receiving feedback; Sharing the ‘product’. Articulate Cultural Trust
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  8. 8. ACE - Arts, Creativity & Employability In only six-months, we had big ambitions for the project. Here are the main activities we carried our in this time. We are about to submit our final report which will be available shortly. • Young Researchers x 5 • Literature Review x30 (out of 150 collated!) • Provision Mapping x 1 • Focus Groups x 3 (CELCIS, Creative Scotland and artists) • Observation Sessions x 12 • Surveys x 2 • Case studies x 6 • Interviews x 16 Articulate Cultural Trust
  9. 9. Articulate Cultural Trust Project Methodology:
  10. 10. Engaging with Young People Young people do NOT like filling in surveys, and they don’t always have the tech/support to do so online. In order to work successfully with them for this research project we needed to engage differently: • Clay conversations (3 engagements with young individuals). • Spray paint sessions (2 group sessions, 1 @ Abertay and 1 @ residential unit in Dundee) led by a professional spray artist and a researcher.
  11. 11. Perceived Barriers to Arts Participation System Perceptual Practical Economic Staffing issues: lack training / time / staffing levels required Poor mental health Lack of transport Inequality / poverty Instability / Lack of continuity Lack of confidence/ Social anxiety Lack of suitable spaces Budget cuts Bureaucracy Poor sense of belief / trust Lack of knowledge re activities available Lack of funding Education system ‘Not for me’ Childcare issues Cost of equipment Care environment Cynicism due to past experience Lack of funding or of funding Cost of access Exclusion of creativity from child's care plan Intimidating environments Finding time to fit in activities Arts being prioritised Staff undervaluing creativity Previous trauma (ACEs) Geographical barriers Travel costs
  12. 12. Perceived Enablers to Arts Participation System Perceptual Practical Economic Partnership approach Connectedness / sense of belonging Providing Transport Funding for projects Access to creative opportunities / taster sessions / projects Kindness / patience / feeling heard / valued / loved Access to digital equipment / software / Wi-Fi Funding staff training / support Staff having relevant training / understanding of care system, practicalities and policies Enthusiasm / aspirations for the YP Mentoring / peer support / networking for arts workers Long-term investment not short-term UNCRC Rights of the Child Agency / ownership of the activities Having a space / place (of their own) Staffing levels sufficient for arts engagement Access to arts in school Curiosity Providing snacks / food during activities Support travel costs for activities Free tickets Connections community / partnerships Flexibility, allowing change Storing material for later retrieval Staff having time
  13. 13. Pockets and Patches of Provision interactive Google Map: We mapped where creative provision is currently dedicated to young people. Provision is patchy, with only a few, small pockets of creative projects happening across Scotland. The majority of provision is based in and around Scotland’s major cities with very little provision elsewhere, particularly in rural areas. The majority of this provision is supported by LCT, which ends in 2020/21.
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  16. 16. Articulate Cultural Trust The key messages for local authorities from this research are: • Take risks. • Encourage non-traditional approaches. • Support cross-cutting and partnership work. • Actively encourage collaboration by all. • Recognise the need for flexibility i.e. around timescales, 1-2-1 delivery and group work. • Take and asset-based and relational approach.
  17. 17. Articulate Cultural Trust The key messages for service providers are: • Focus on interest and talent. • Tap into intrinsic motivation. • Promote and build soft skills. • Invest in trusted relationships. • Diversify your teams. • Collaborate. • Think outside your ‘normal’ delivery box.
  18. 18. Articulate Cultural Trust To make progress in improving Creative Inclusion for our Young People:  We need to be clear what we mean by creative and cultural poverty – and how that influences young people and others on the margins.  We need to do similarly for digital deficit in order that the young people do not get left behind technologically.  We need to be clear about what we mean about creative inclusion and asset-based approaches so we can grow out from what the young people are interested in, are good at and will commit their considerable resource to.
  19. 19. Strengths of the study include: • Genuine involvement of young people at the heart and the helm of the project. • Engagement and empowerment of the Young Researchers involved. • Young Researchers being keen to continue working with us in the future. • Strong existing network of contacts via Articulate and increasing trust of young people despite ACT being new to the field. • Positive feedback by a large number of people from the film produced. • Encouragement from the three focus groups. Articulate Cultural Trust
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  21. 21. Future partnership aims: Our partnership plan moving forward is to: • Focus on delivering tangible results as soon as possible that will be valued by as many of our stakeholders as possible. • Identify developments and wins where tangible impacts can be delivered as well as possible after the research process, to reward and keep likely users of research and stakeholders engaged with the research process. • Research suitable platforms through which to promote findings. Articulate Cultural Trust
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  23. 23. Who We Are: Eona Craig – Project Lead ( Paula Forbes – Researcher ( ) Janey Muir – Research Assistant Articulate Cultural Trust Young Researchers: • Ashley Mayer • Nicole Sim • Jason Gillan • Steven Gilmour • Charlie McLanders
  24. 24. Articulate Cultural Trust Arts, Creativity and Employability (ACE) is financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government. The project has been supported by the Social Innovation Fund to address social problems in Scotland. Our project aims to design and improve services to tackle inequality by supporting disadvantaged young people to use their creativity and perhaps think about a future in the creative industries The Articulate Cultural Trust will continue to work in partnership with Abertay University to develop and test new ideas that help contribute to a fairer Scotland for care experienced young people.