Cultural Education is seeing increasing investment and acknowledgement within the curriculum. In London, the Arts Council, England, (ACE) is funding the Cultural Education Challenge, a £900,000 programme designed to bring about an improvement in the engagement of young people in the Arts over the next three years. 
 
The ACE Challenge is a push towards inclusive Arts education, described on the ACE website as a mechanism “to make sure that more children and young people can create, compose, and perform; visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had.” Follow this link for further information. 
 
In line with these exciting steps to engage young people in the Arts, the Music Workshop Company team have put together these Top Tips on raising the profile of the Arts in your school: 
 
Invite a local musician to introduce your school concert or appear as a soloist. Involving a well-known personality will not only inspire students, it will help bring in interest from local media and raise the profile of your event. You could also invite a local dignitary or local artist or musician to open an art exhibition or to attend the first night of a show. 
 
Organise for students to do interviews on local radio about concerts, shows, plays, dance performance or art exhibitions. The experience and excitement of appearing on radio will be a great motivator for young people and add confidence and commitment to the project. Links to local BBC Radio channels are listed here. 
 
Ensure you get listings on local websites and in local newspapers for all Arts events. As soon as students can see that their work has a wider reach than the confines of the school, they will get added satisfaction and excitement. 
 
Interview a past student who has been successful in the Arts for the school magazine or website 
 
Additional resources: 
An excellent resource for every aspect of raising the profile of the Arts – the Teacher’s Toolkit by A New Direction and have a look at this great video by St Marylebone School which vividly puts the case for the importance and validity of Arts in the curriculum. 
 
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