Monday, October 17, 2016

Studio Schools

"We feel we're on the beginning of a journey of experiment and improvement to turn the Studio School idea into something which is present, not as a universal answer for every child, but at least as an answer for some children in every part of the world."
Studio Schools are a new type of government-funded state school for 14-19 year olds of all abilities. It is a relatively new educational concept in the UK, which seeks to address the growing gap between the skills and knowledge that young people require to succeed, and those that the current education system provides. Studio Schools pioneer a bold new approach to learning which includes teaching through enterprise projects and real work. This approach ensures students' learning in is rooted in the real world and helps them to develop the skills they need to flourish in life.
-- Go to GOV.UK website
-- Watch "Nurture Your Talents! UK's Studio Schools" on the Learning World / Wise Channel

Friday, October 14, 2016

My Dream, My Right

Voices of the Children is a nonprofit organization based in the United States. They believe every child should have a platform for self-expression. All children should have access to resources that develop creativity and promote collaboration. They pair teens around the world in collaborative arts projects to shine a spotlight on humanitarian crisis, promote social advocacy and inspire positive change. Their mission is to empower future generations to realize that a voice, when inspired from within and echoed by others, is a powerful agent to create change in the local and global community. CONNECTIONS THROUGH THE ARTS CAN TEAR DOWN WALLS, ENCOURAGE TOLERANCE AND FOSTER CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING.
-- Go to Luc and the Lovingtons
-- Explore the Goodness Tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"The world is hungry for action, not words"

About 1,000 people are known to have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, with aid officials saying up to 90% of some areas have been destroyed. The World Health Organization is now sending a million cholera vaccine doses to Haiti, amid concerns over the rising number of cases in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Their immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. They are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Their model is simple: They believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation. Luckily their students, staff and schools are all safe, but much work needs to be done in the communities worst affected by the hurricane.
>> Read how to support Haiti

The Work from APJ Now on Vimeo.

Together We Will Go Far - Vhernier from APJ Now on Vimeo.

Friday, October 07, 2016

How to change the world

Please listen to is as SIMPLE as that.

Nakuru Children's Project is dedicated to relieving poverty and improving education for children in Nakuru, Kenya. They believe that through education, children can build better futures for themselves and their families.
-- Read "4 children explain how education has changed their lives"

Join us #belowtheline to change the futures of 200 children from Nakuru Children's Project on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Aging creatively

Music and art can also enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed (read more on website).
The Creative Ageing project was first established in 2010 by the Courtyard, an arts centre with a dedicated team engaging older people with the arts, be that in their vibrant city centre venue, out in the community as part of their collaborative projects with groups like Alzheimer’s Society, or delivering specialist arts sessions in care homes across the county.
-- Learn about the Remember me project

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The arts keep us alive

"As you get older you don’t often think about chances or potential. The potential in someone who is getting older is there and that is a lovely thing.”
New research shows how arts and culture can help to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people aged 65 and upwards (read more on Arts Council England website).
Equal Arts a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people in Newcastle, Gateshead and across the UK. They strongly believe in the health benefits of the arts and support care staff and artists to deliver musical, visual and movement-based creative activities with active older people and those living with dementia.

Creativity Matters - How volunteering and creativity can support us as we age from Equal Arts on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Music inspires...

"Music unlocks creativity. It develops children's social skills and their self-confidence." - Carolyn Baxendale, Head of Bolton Music Service and the GM Music Hub
Music Education Hubs were established in 2012, in response to the British government’s 2011 National Plan for Music Education (NPME), to provide access, opportunities and excellence in music education for all children and young people.
Arts Council England think that all children and young people across England should have access to the highest quality music education. Their network of 123 Music Education Hubs are working hard to achieve this aim - in partnership with schools and further education institutions, they run all kinds of projects to inspire young people through music.