ART AT THE HEART CIC
EXPLORE, ENJOY, EXPRESS
TO MAKE TIME FOR ART
SCIENCE BACKS THE POSITIVE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL GAINS THAT COME FROM MAKING ART. WHETHER YOU’RE A CHILD OR AN ADULT, WHETHER YOU CAN DRAW OR NOT, YOU CAN ENJOY MAKING ART AND REAP THE BENEFITS ON MULTIPLE LEVELS:
1 Making art encourages mindfulness and contributes to well-being. Just 45 mins of making art can reduce cortisol (stress hormone) thus reducing stress/anxiety.
2 Drawing teaches you to look at objects more carefully and notice details which can lead to all sorts of discoveries. This is linked to creativity which is in turn linked to IQ.
3 Art allows us to communicate and express things that are difficult to express any other way.
4 Making art develops fine motor skills. It also demands both scientific and mathematical understanding which is utilised in a practical way and develops problem solving skills.
5 Making art celebrates personal experience and individuality. Taking pride in your own creations develops self-esteem and thus confidence. Self-esteem is an important factor in building resilience.
6 Art appreciation helps to develop empathy and respect, including for other cultures. Long-term this helps to build strong communities with active citizens.
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and experience the positive impact making time for the arts can have on all aspects of life.
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OUR VISION AND AIMS
To be instrumental in driving increased participation in arts activities to foster happy, balanced, creative thinkers who actively contribute to cohesive, caring communities.
To achieve recognition that due value should be placed on arts subjects as being essential for the spiritual development of children and young people.
To harness the power of the arts to develop cognitive and creative problem solving skills.
To engineer opportunities for everyone, regardless of background, socio-economic status and inclination, to participate in high quality arts and cultural activities. This is to enable everyone to reap the multiple benefits that making art can have on quality of life.
To increase understanding of the positive benefits on physical, emotional and mental well-being for individuals and that arts participants are more likely to volunteer and be influential in the community thus providing long-term benefits for society.
To advocate for an arts rich curriculum in schools.
To give those who have not had the opportunities as children or young people, a second chance to participate in high quality arts and cultural activities.
We have first hand experience of the potential of arts education to improve lives. We have witnessed this time and time again over 25 years in the education sector. Our aim is to broaden the reach of arts education to all sectors of the community in order to harness the power of the arts to benefit all.
My particular approach of mixing new technology with traditional drawing skills brought vitality to a graphics/IT department that led to various appointments from lecturer to curriculum manager to senior lecturer and a tenfold expansion of the department. My teaching background coupled with my experience as a Quality Assurance Manager with particular responsibility for equality and diversity, have been key to developing our aim of using arts rich learning to support individuals to overcome barriers.
Enabling young people to experience the transformative power of the arts for personal and career development has been my motivation.roles of VP and Director of Creative Arts, I pioneered a movement empowering young people to steer the direction of arts education in Birmingham. This was nationally recognised by the TES FE Award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2011. I am passionate about creating a joined-up approach to using the arts to tackle social challenges working with educators, artists, industry and the broader community to achieve this.
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I don't like to say I have given my life to art,
I prefer to say art has given me my life.
Frank Stella, American artist
Enabling young people to experience the transformative power of the arts for personal and career development has been my motivation. roles of VP and Director of Creative Arts, I pioneered a movement empowering young people to steer the direction of arts education in Birmingham. This was nationally recognised by the TES FE Award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2011. I am passionate about creating a joined-up approach to using the arts to tackle social challenges working with educators, artists, industry and the broader community to achieve this.