I was at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday for the launch of the National Association of Youth Theatres ‘Excellence and Inclusion Scheme’ (EIS). EIS is two self assessment toolkits for youth theatres created by Professor Jonothan Neelands and Juliet Raysnford through a two-year collaborative and consultative process. NAYT Chief Executive, Jill Adamson, claims they are “without doubt the most useful documents ever to have been produced specifically for the youth theatre sector”. She said “the EIS allows us to take huge steps towards achieving our goal of providing high quality, inclusive accessible youth theatre for ALL young people, regardless of where they choose to access the provision”. NAYT has created 12 new partnerships, starting in April, with 9 regional theatres and 3 national training providers who will be collaborating with NAYT to bring about regular regional activity and supporting networks. Helping to launch the EIS scheme on Monday, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Michael Boyd said “I learned my trade in you theatre: I learned to be brave and to realise concretely the social value of theatre … When a young person is facing the contradiction between being ‘me’ and the grim necessity of fitting in, theatre is a genius at solving that paradox.”
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On Friday afternoon I was at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for a meeting of The Learning Revolution Stakeholder Communications Group where we heard presentations from Paul Miller of The School of Everything and Claire Fieldsend from the Central Office of Information on the final results from the recent Learning Revolution communications survey, as well as updates on the latest projects and a PR activity round-up. The Learning Revolution activities formally finish at the end of March but there is much enthusiasm among the members of the Communications Group to continue to work collectively to promote informal adult learning.
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I was in London again on Friday for my regular voluntary cultural sector alliance meeting with Heritage Link, the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). As usual we covered a vast range of topics including CCPR’s Facilities Inquiry – an independent inquiry into built and natural sports facilities in the UK (see: http://www.facilitiesinquiry.org.uk) – Heritage Link’s rebranding (at the instigation of new Chair, Lloyd Grossman) as ‘The Heritage Alliance’, the progress of NCVO’s Funding Commission and the wide range of activities we are all undertaking in relation to the London 2012 legacy.
Last Friday I was at the Romanian Cultural Centre in London to meet Cosmin Catana and Ouana Ionita from the Ratiu Romania Foundation. The Foundation is running a “Social Engagement through Art” platform with the aim of improving social, economic and individual aspects of life in the 4th District of Bucharest. They plan to establish a Centre for Voluntary Arts in Bucharest that will act as a resource centre for organisations using an artistic approach in social intervention projects. Cosmin and Ouana were in the UK to gather ideas and advice from organisations doing similar work here.