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Scheme starts young people on arts adventure

Published on Monday, July 9, 2018

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CHILDREN and young people can take the first steps towards an accredited arts qualification this summer, thanks to Leicester’s museums.

From 15 July, youngsters will be able to pick up a free logbook from any city museum and start working towards Arts Award Discover – the introductory level in a series of qualifications that aims to connect young people with the wider arts world and could be a launch pad for further Arts Award learning.

Those taking part will complete their logbooks by carrying out a number of creative tasks, recording their activity and then sharing their work with an Arts Award advisor at the end of the summer.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “Arts Awards aim to encourage young people to explore the world of arts and culture and help them discover new interests in fashion, photography, pottery or poetry.

“Our museums will be supporting the scheme with a programme of events and activities – helping to make it a summer of discovery at Leicester’s museums.”

While Arts Award Discover is aimed at young people aged between five and 25, younger children are also being encouraged to discover Leicester’s museums and become a space explorer this summer.

Children under five can pick up a ‘Museums are fun’ activity booklet from any city museum, which will be stamped at the end of their visit. When they have collected three stamps from three different museums, youngsters will receive a space explorer sticker and certificate.

Free activity booklets will be available from Saturday 14 July at the Abbey Pumping Station, Newarke Houses Museum, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery and the Guildhall.

More information is available at www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

Arts Award is supported by Arts Council England and delivered by Trinity College London.