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Parents get arts questionnaire report 2008

  1. 1. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentParents Get ArtsA study of parents whosechildren had been working withSarum Orchestra about the artsprovision they want in the Salisbury areaCreated by Open To Arts in partnership withSarum Orchestra, Salisbury International Festival,Wiltshire Parenting Forum and Salisbury Arts CentrePhotos: A. Sexton© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -1-
  2. 2. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentIntroductionThe initial idea for More Arts for Mums came about over coffee with 2 Wiltshire mumsbemoaning the lack of opportunities to learn and develop new creative skills that fitted in withtheir personal and families’ needs. Open To Arts decided to take part in a national campaign ofCoffee House Challenges; to question and take action on local issues at a local level. Open To Artscreated an open meeting hosted in Salisbury Starbucks to discuss what, if any, arts provision wasput on solely for the benefit of parents in the Salisbury and Salisbury Plain area, Wiltshire. As aresult of the discussion one main objective was to test the need for a family arts event in 2008that would allow parents to sample creativity activities whilst their children were offeredopportunities of their own. The overall aim of the day aims to inspire parents to develop orextend their own creative skills to support their self esteem, a chance to have fun and increasetheir interest in their child’s /children’s creative pursuits. Longer term Open To Arts wants toinvestigate how parents own sense of creativity can support their children’s creativedevelopment.To test out the need for the family arts event and generally more arts provision for parents in theSalisbury area a questionnaire was devised by Anna Sexton, Open To Arts in partnership SueKent, Sarum Orchestra, Jane Thomas, Salisbury International Festival, Ali Perry, WiltshireParenting Forum and Gemma Okell, Salisbury Arts Centre. The questionnaire was drafted byOpen To Arts and given out to Sarum Orchestra, Salisbury International Festival and SalisburyArts Centre to create specific questions aimed at finding out what more each organisation couldbe doing to reach the target audience. Salisbury International Festival printed the questionnairesin-kind and Wiltshire Parenting Forum provided free ‘freepost’ envelopes, as it was felt we wouldget a higher response if postage was paid.The target group of parents was chosen through working with Sarum Orchestra who werecompleting on a cycle of workshops in schools linked to ‘Baba Yaga’. The idea came to add apostage paid questionnaire into the end of project pack that would be delivered to 350 parents inthe Salisbury area. Of the 350 questionnaires sent out13 responses returned 3.7% - high given thenature of our target group. The learning here is to set a longer respond by date perhaps 1 monthand send out a reminder to non-responders, where access to mailing list is possible and/orappropriate.Overall the findings show 62% questioned were keen for a family arts event with parents wantingto try arts sessions to develop a skill and have fun. It is exciting that over half questioned knew ofand used creative events/workshops for their children through the Arts Centre and Festival. Forall organisations involved the results indicate that initially reaching and then engaging parentswill require some creative thinking.© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -2-
  3. 3. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentEach group could look to develop their more mainstream programming and the addition of freeor reduced fee childcare facilities offered as part of targeted adult creative workshops and generalperformances this has potential to increase access for parents especially in the evenings.There is also indication that family tickets offering a significant reduction for family groupswould be an incentive for more families to access the arts locally – 32% questioned had 4 or morechildren.A key part of the survey was formulated to get a better sense of how parents see and support theirown creativity and these results seem more revealing. Personal creativity is a thorny issue withpersonal confidence, family life, financial and time pressures all given as reasons for notpersonally taking part in current or potential future opportunities. 3 parents felt they werecreative and their confidence was demonstrated by the following answers; • (I) enjoy artistic activities such as drama, art, needlecraft, craftmaking • (I) enjoy making things with the children, done pottery in the past • I have imagination & great ideas - I work in a pre-school as a key worker and creative sector. I am quick and resourceful. I used to be a chef.Those parents who answered no or not sure their answers were more circumspect andjudgemental; • Don’t know. Dont spend anytime trying encourage artistic/creative side. Not very good at arty things • Not much imagination like drawing/cross stitch not very musical • Just always seem too busy. Young kids & very little time • I have never been involved in any creative projects • A little. I have truly creative friends who amaze me with what they can do. I enjoy making things dont have as imagination as othersWhat is holding parents back from getting involved in creative activities ranged from financialand time issues, a personal sense of not being “an arty person” and a general lack of knowledgeregarding access to the ranges of services currently on offer especially specialist services for a sonwho has “profound + multiple disabilities”.The key areas of cost, personal creativity and lack of knowledge are important places to start inthe development of new services. These findings highlight the need for a Salisbury wide brochureto advertise the range of arts and creative opportunities available for parents and families, asuggested outcome from More Arts For Mums open meeting. This will support current and futureservice providers to avoid overlap of services.© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -3-
  4. 4. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentThese results will form an important part of shaping the family arts events in 2008 and furthernew services 2008/2009 which will develop out of the answers given here and furtherconsultation with a wider group of parents at the family arts event. Open To Arts will disseminatethe results through project partners, the parents who answered the questionnaire, those whoattended the original More Arts For Mums meeting and make the results available to otheragencies in the area whom we believe will benefit such as Children’s Centres.AcknowledgementsOpen To Arts wishes to thank the following people for getting involved and offering their timeand resources in kind. Without your support this questionnaire would not have been possible • Sue Kent, Sarum Orchestra • Jane Thomas, Salisbury International Festival • Ali Perry, Wiltshire Parenting Forum/Voluntary Action Kennet • Gemma Okell, Salisbury Arts Centre • All the parents who gave their time and energy in replying • Katya and Louise for the initial conversation over my kitchen table – from small acorns big trees grow!© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -4-
  5. 5. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentSarum Orchestra62 % had heard of Sarum Orchestra before your child/ren was/were involved with the Baba YagaProject and 38 % had not.Of those who answered yes – what did they know about Sarum Orchestra? 23 % had been to a concert 22 % had taken their child/ren to a family concert 22 % had seen a poster/advert but not attended a concert 22% had friends who had been to a concert and told them about the Orchestra 11% had worked with the Orchestra at a previous job in a schoolFor those that answered no – what do they now know about the Orchestra? 12 % only what she had learnt since her child got involved 13% only that work with the children as Exeter House 13% Baba Yaga is a witch 13 % Nothing 49% chose not to answerHow likely was it that those questioned would buy tickets for a future Orchestra Family concert (£5per ticket)? 54 % answered yes 31 % answered no 15% were not sureOf those who answered yes the following reasons were given to buying a ticket for a future familyticket a) An ideal opportunity to introduce music to children in a less formal setting b) The last one we went to was fun and interactive c) (I) would attend if our children had been involved d) We enjoy music e) I would like to see the orchestra play (Percentage breakdown not shown as some questioned gave more than one answer) • 2 stated a &b • 1 stated d & eOf those who answered no – the following reasons were given 14 % Cost of tickets 44% Difficulty arranging/affording childcare 14% The distance to get to the concerts 14% I am not into classical music 14% Just not used to or would think of going to a concertOne person requested more details to be sent onto them© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -5-
  6. 6. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentOf those questioned only 8 % would buy tickets for a future Orchestra evening concert (£15 perticket), 8 % would consider buying a ticket, 23 % were not sure and 61 % said noOf those who answered yes one person stated she like(d) going to different eventsFor those that answered no to buying an evening concert ticket the following reasons were given a) Cost of tickets b) Difficulty arranging/affording childcare for evening concerts c) The times of the concerts d) The distance to get to the concerts e) I am not into classical music f) Just not used to or would think of going to a concert g) Too expensive for a family of 6 (Percentage breakdown not shown as some questioned gave more than one answer and 2 did not answer) • 2 stated a & b • 1 stated c & f • 1 stated a, b, c, d, e • 1 stated a, b, & d© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -6-
  7. 7. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentSalisbury International Arts Festival92 % had heard of Salisbury International Arts Festival compared to 8% who had not.Of those that answered yes they knew about the Festival in the following ways; 6% a I hav e booked 1 3% tickets/been to a performance b I hav e taken our child/ren to a childrens 1 3% performance/workshop* c I plan to attend in 2008 6% d I hav e seen an adv ert but not attended 62% e Other (please state) radioIt is worth noting that percentages are given here and some of those questioned answered more thanonce. 10 people said they had seen an advert but not attended • 1 person stated coming to see Robin Hood • 1 person stated a, b & c • 1 person stated d & e • 1 person stated b & dOf the parents questioned who has brought your child/ren to a children’s performance/workshop – 15 % have attended ‘adult’ performances 46 % have not attended ‘adult’ performances 31 % did not answer 7% person answered yes and no© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -7-
  8. 8. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentFor those who answered no the following reasons were given a) Cost of tickets b) Difficulty arranging/affording childcare for events c) The distance to get to the events d) Much of the line up seems too obscure e) Never know about the performances f) Only as a caterer some years ago (Percentage breakdown not shown as some questioned gave more than one answer and 2 did not answer) • 1 stated a & b • 1 stated a, b, & dThose who had not heard of or attended Salisbury International Arts Festival before were asked howwe could get them more involved. 3 people gave the following answers • More mainstream • By sending info on the festival • By involving my children© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -8-
  9. 9. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentSalisbury Arts Centre84 % of those questioned had heard of the Salisbury Arts Centre, 1 person (8 %) was not sure and1person did not answer (8 %)Those who answered yes knew of the Centre in the following ways 11% a I have booked tickets/been to a performance b I have taken our child/ren 39% to a childrens 22% performance/workshop* c I receive your brochure via a mailing list d I have seen an advert but not attended 28%It is worth noting that percentages are given here and some of those questioned answered more thanonce. 7 people had booked a ticket/s /been to a performance • 1 stated a & b • 1 stated a & c • 1 stated b & c • 2 stated a, b, & cOf the parents questioned who has brought your child/ren to a children’s performance/workshop – 17 % have attended ‘adult’ performances 50 % have not attended ‘adult’ performances 33 % did not answerFor those who answered no the following reasons were given • Cost of tickets • Difficulty arranging/affording childcare for events • The distance to get to the events (Percentage breakdown not shown as some questioned gave more than one answer and 2 did not answer) • 1 stated a & b • 1 stated a, b, & dThose who had not heard of or attended Salisbury International Arts Festival before were asked howwe could get them more involved. 1 person gave the following answer • Send her a brochure© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com -9-
  10. 10. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentAbout youThis section of the questionnaire was created to find out more about those questioned, what theirperceptions of creativity are and specifically to question the need for a creative family event.How parents feel about their own creative skills is important in contributing to how parents feelabout creativity in general and is likely to influence their behaviour with their children and how theyrespond to the opportunities they are offered • 3 people consider themselves creative • 5 people did not think they are creative • 3 people were not sure • 2 people refrained from answering the questionThose who answered yes gave the following reasons • (I) enjoy artistic activities such as drama, art, needlecraft, craftmaking • (I) enjoy making things with the children, done pottery in the past • I have imagination & great ideas - I work in a pre-school as a key worker and creative sector. I am quick and resourceful. I used to be a chef.Those who answered no stated the following • Don’t know. Dont spend anytime trying encourage artistic/creative side. Not very good at arty things • Not much imagination like drawing/cross stitch not very musical • Just always seem too busy. Young kids & very little time • 1 person did not answerThose who answered not sure gave the following answer • I have never been involved in any creative projects • A little. I have truly creative friends who amaze me with what they can do. I enjoy making things dont have as imagination as others • 2 people did not answerDo you take your child/ren to creative/arts activities? 38 % Yes 23 % No 31 % thinking about it – please send more information 8% not answeredThose questioned were asked if they would you take part in creative sessions for parents if they wereoffered simultaneously to those for children? 45 % Yes 8 % No 31 % were not sure 8 % not answered 8% answered yes and not sure© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 10 -
  11. 11. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentThose who answered yes – said the following types of sessions would interest them 11% 0% a - Arts sessions to dev elop a skill 39% b- Arts sessions for fun A way to m eet new people Som e tim e for y our 50% m y selfIt is worth noting that percentages are given here and some of those questioned answered more thanonce. 7 people wanted to try arts sessions to develop a skill and 9 people wanted to tryout arts sessions for fun • 5 people answered a & b • 2 stated a, b & d • One person added the comment “Yes please”.The following reasons were given for not wanting to get involved or not being sure about joining in • Cost • Depends what you mean by arts activities. Dont think my son could participate in activities. Has profound + multiple disabilities • Just not an arty personOf those question about being interested in attending a family event which would offer you a chanceto try out creative sessions and find out how you can be more creative individually and as a family8 people said yes, 2 people said no, 1 person was unsure and 2 people did not answer 15% 8% Yes No Not Sure 15% 62% Not answered© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 11 -
  12. 12. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentPersonal informationOf those questioned; 92 % gave their name 8 % remained anonymous 77 % gave their age 23 % chose not to 92 % added the number of children they have 8 % chose not to 17% have 1 child 33 % have 2 children 17% have 3 children 25 % have 4 children 8% have 5 children 1 family stated they has a child with profound + multiple disabilities 84 % gave their contact address 16% did not 43 % live in Durrington 25 % live in Salisbury 8% live in Larkhill 8% live in Gt. Bedwyn 8% live in Upton Lovell 8% not stated 62 % gave their email address 38 % did not 38 % wish to be kept up to date by partner organisations 62 %* do not wish to be kept up to date by partner organisations* Open To Arts intends to disseminate the final report to all of those questioned who gave contactdetails and will forward on any partner information appropriate at this time – an individual partnerpostage mailing list card is suggested© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 12 -
  13. 13. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentAppendix 1.List of those project partnersEstablished in 1986 under the artistic leadership of Howard Moody, Sarum Orchestra flourishesas Salisbury’s professional orchestra with a reputation for innovation, excellence andcommissioning new music. Playing in residence at Salisbury Arts Centre, Sarum Orchestradraws on a pool of creative and inspired musicians to bring alive traditional and new music fromdiverse disciplines and cultures. Working with some of the most in-demand animateurs in thecountry, we build creative sessions for schools, young people, and community groups (notablythose with specific educational needs) into each season.The Salisbury International Arts Festival was named “one of the top multi-arts festivals in thecountry’’ along with Edinburgh and Brighton in The Information Supplement 2005 anddescribed in 2005 by the Independent on Sunday as “The best festival to attend this summer”along with the Edinburgh Fringe. “The Best Festival” Big Issue 2006Each year the Festival invites artists from around the world to perform over seventeen days &nights in Salisbury and the surrounding area.Salisbury Arts Centre is a vibrant and exciting community arts centre based in the heart ofSalisbury. Housed in the beautiful Grade II* listed St Edmunds Church building, we present awide range of professional theatre, music, dance, film, workshops and visual arts. Ourprogramme of high quality events will surprise, enthuse, challenge and inspire…© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 13 -
  14. 14. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentWiltshire Parenting ForumAppendix 2.Project costsOpen To ArtsProject management 2 days £ 440 In-kindProject write up 1 day £ 220 In-kindReport Dissemination ½ day £ 110 In-kindReport printing £ 50 In-kindReport postage £ 30 In-kindTravel 141 miles £ 56.40 In-kindParking £ 10 In-kindOverheads £ 90 In-kindSarum Orchestra Administration 1 day £ 220 In-kindSIAF Photocopying 350 x 4 £ 700 In-kindWPF Administration ½ day £220 In-kindWPF envelopes 350 £ 105 In-kindWPF free post return 13 £ 5.85 In-kindSAC Administration 2 hours £ 65 TOTAL £ 2,322.25© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 14 -
  15. 15. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentAppendix 3.Parents Get Arts QuestionnaireOpen To Arts, an independent arts development agency, has been asked by Sarum Orchestra,Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury Arts Centre and Wiltshire ParentsForum/Voluntary Action Kennet to survey parents in the Salisbury area about what it is they arewanting from arts and creative services. The partners involved want to know how to improve currentprovision and offer new services where needed. As part of this joint initiative your answers will beshared between partners. Your answers will help us shape arts initiatives in your area so you andother parents are better served.We thank you for taking the time to answer the following questions.Sarum OrchestraHad you heard of Sarum Orchestra before your child/ren was/were involved with the Baba YagaProject? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes – what did you know about the Orchestra? o I have been to a concert o I have taken our child/ren to a Family concert o I have seen a poster/advert but not attended a concert o Friends have been to a concert/told me about the Orchestra o Other (please state)If you answered no – what do you now know about the Orchestra? o Please stateWould you buy tickets for a future Orchestra Family concert (£5 per ticket)? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes – why?If you answered no – what are your reasons? o Cost of tickets o Difficulty arranging/affording childcare o The times of the concerts o The distance to get to the concerts o I am not into classical music – (please state what you are interested in) o Other (please state)© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 15 -
  16. 16. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentWould you buy tickets for a future Orchestra evening concert (£15 per ticket)? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes – why?If you answered no – what are your reasons? o Cost of tickets o Difficulty arranging/affording childcare for evening concerts o The times of the concerts o The distance to get to the concerts o I am not into classical music – (please state what you are interested in) o Other (please state)Salisbury International Arts FestivalHave you heard of Salisbury International Arts Festival? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes – how do you know about the Festival? o I have booked tickets/been to a performance o I have taken our child/ren to a children’s performance/workshop * o I plan to attend in 2008 o I have seen an advert but not attended o Other (please state)* As a parent who has brought your child/ren to a children’s performance/workshop – have you comeas an ‘adult’ to any other festival performance? Yes NoIf you answered no – what are your reasons? o Cost of tickets o Difficulty arranging/affording childcare for events o The times of the events o The distance to get to the events o Other (please state)If you have not heard of/attended Salisbury International Arts Festival before – how could we get youmore involved? o Please state© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 16 -
  17. 17. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentSalisbury Arts CentreHave you heard of the Salisbury Arts Centre? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes – how do you know of the Centre? o I have booked tickets/been to a performance o I have taken our child/ren to a children’s performance/workshop * o I receive your brochure via a mailing list o I have seen an advert but not attended o Other (please state)* As a parent who has brought your child/ren to a children’s performance/workshop – have you comeas an ‘adult’ to any other Arts Centre performance? Yes NoIf you answered no – what are your reasons? o Cost of tickets o Difficulty arranging/affording childcare for events o The times of the events o The distance to get to the events o Other (please state)If you have not heard of/attended Salisbury Arts Centre before – how could we get you moreinvolved? o Please stateAbout youWould you consider yourself creative? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes – please state whyIf you answered no – please state whyIf you answered not sure – please state why© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 17 -
  18. 18. Open To Arts Inspiring creativity Nurturing talentDo you take your child/ren to creative/arts activities? Yes No Thinking about it – please send me more informationWould you take part in creative sessions for parents if they were offered simultaneously to those forchildren? Yes No Not sureIf you answered yes - what type of sessions would interest you? o Arts sessions to develop a skill o Arts sessions for fun o A way to meet new people o Some time for myself o Other (please state)If you answered no or not sure – please state whyWould you be interested in attending a family event which would offer you a chance to try outcreative sessions and find out how you can be more creative individually and as a family? Yes No Not surePlease add any additional comments belowThank you for taking your time to complete this.Please return using FREEPOST envelope by 9th November 2007Please add your details below so we can get a better picture of who you are:Name: Age: No. of children:Address: Email:Please tick here if you do not wish to be kept up to date with future events by the partnerorganisations listedYour name and contact details are protected by the Data Protection Act and will not be shared/sold tonon-partner organisations. At anytime you may request to be taken off partner mailinglists.© Open To Arts www.opentoarts.com - 18 -

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