16-25? Get work experience on the board of an arts organisation

A person with glasses and long blonde hair stands by a table and smiles to the camera

This month we have been spreading the word about our new development programme. It gives young people the chance to be a voice in the arts.

We’re winding down after a busy few weeks of freshers fairs up and down the county. We have been speaking to students at Warwickshire College, NWSLC (Hinkley and Nuneaton campuses) and are also due to visit Stratford-upon-Avon College next week.

Brown paper bags on a table at a student fair
We have been giving out Freshers Fairs goody bags with information about what we do.

Students at these colleges have been chatting to us and finding out about how they can benefit from our new Young Trustee Development Programme.

“I have had some fantastic chats with the young people of these colleges who have been so confident to come up to our stall and talk to us – lots of them took away goody bags and signed-up to be part of our upcoming training event. The event will be all about giving them the opportunity to get managerial work experience in the creative sector and getting young voices where it matters!”

Amy, Programme ManagerShout Out for the Arts
A laptop shows a film at a student fair
Students found out more about what we do.
A banner at a fair says ‘shout out for the arts’
The most recent fair we attended was in Nuneaton.

The training event we have been telling them about is on 3rd December and takes place at St John’s House Museum in Warwick. On the day, young attendees will talk about what it means to be on the board of an arts organisation.

They will be encouraged to bring fresh ideas and opinions about what organisations could and should be doing with regards to the arts. There will also be monthly calls to kick off their training.

This development programme and event is a great opportunity for young people to have a direct impact on local arts and get experience for their future career ambitions. College students of music, dance, theatre and visual arts especially will love this.

The event will be run by Upstart Projects and the arts organisations involved so far are Warwickshire Open Studios, Warwickshire Music Hub and Art in the Park.

There is an informal online Google Meet session on 27th September at 6pm where those considering taking part can ask any questions.

We will be sharing more information on this blog soon.

Interested in getting experience on the board of an arts organisation? Fill in the online form from Upstart Projects and someone will get back to you.

Photos: Shout Out for the Arts Warwickshire.

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