The word glossary on a blue background

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Not everyone likes long words! It’s also confusing when some people (adults, especially) use terms that not many people know, without explaining them.

Whenever we (the Board) get together and words crop up that we want to explain, we shout ’get it in the glossary!’, and it ends up here.

Keep seeing a word around that you don’t fully understand? Let us know and we will add it to the list!

Here are some of the terms and words used across this website and in other materials created for this project.

Organisation = An organisation is a group of people who work together towards the same thing. Because charities, theatres and other cultural companies are often driven by their passion towards what they want to do, rather than making money, they are more often than not called ’organisations’ rather than ’companies’. That’s why you will often hear a theatre called an ’arts organisation’ rather than a ’business’ or ’company’.

Youth-led = Something that is youth-led has young people driving it. In other words, making the decisions about it and leading it. A project that is youth-led, like ours, has a Youth Board at the head of it. We meet, make choices and then take actions.

Board = Almost all large companies and organisations in the world will have boards. A board is a committee, a group of people, who oversee the running of the company. They often have to agree to any decisions made, voice their opinion and also document what decisions they make in meetings. These are in note form which we call ’Minutes’. This means there is always a written record of what the board has decided to do about something.

Trustee = A trustee is someone who collaborates with a team of others to oversee and develop a charitable organisation. The exact set of tasks varies by organisations, but will always include regular meetings to hear about what the organisation is up to and discuss the right approach for big decisions.

Minutes = The notes from a meeting written down. Minutes might include who attended, what was discussed and what the actions and outcomes of the meeting are. Minutes get sent via email to people who attended the meeting and people who couldn’t attend but still want to know what was discussed.

Ambassadors = If you’re an ambassador for something, it means that you are passionate about that thing. You want to help out with it, even if it means doing this in your free time. The Young Arts Ambassadors for our project will help make the activities happen – they might run competitions, create art or produce events to help shout out about the arts.

Cultural openings = An opening really means an opportunity. It’s a chance for someone to do something cultural, like see a play, visit an exhibition, write music for a gig, or do something else which is considered ’art’.

Culture = Arts and culture is very hard to define. It means a different thing to each person, which is also what makes it so valuable and important. When the Government talks about ’culture’, they are talking about creative things like visual art, literary art, theatre and music.

Recruit = To recruit more people means to get more people involved in being part of something.

Produce (an event) = When we talk about producing an event, it means all of the things that would go into making that event happen. For example a ’producer’ of a play would be in charge of getting all the creative team on board (like a director, set and costume designer, writer, choreographer); deciding where, when and what time the play is being performed; looking after the how much money is spent; making sure everyone is invited to the correct meetings and deciding lots of other important things!

Inclusivity = Inclusivity means the concept of something including everyone. If we say that we want an event to be ‘inclusive’, it means that we don’t want anyone, anywhere, to feel that it ’is not for them’. If something was seen to be ’too expensive’, ’just for adults’, ‘just for people from a certain area of the country’, or ’just for people with certain skills and experience’, then it would not be inclusive.

Access (to the arts) = If a person has good ’access’ to something, like theatre for example, it means that it is available to them, in their area. Good ‘access’ also means that they can find out about it easily, they can understand it, they can afford it, they can easily book tickets, they have the time to go, the desire to go, and more. All of these things affect whether someone might have access to cultural events or not.

Partners = In the context of this project, the people or organisations that work together to achieve something.

CEP = This stands for Cultural Education Partnership. It’s a group of local partners and people, in a county, who join up to support children and young people. Their end goal is to encourage these young people to fulfil their creative potential and access high-quality cultural experiences. 

WCEP = The Warwickshire Cultural Education Partnership (see above description of CEP).

Workshop = When people take part in a workshop, they come together for a set time to learn about and experience something.

Takeover = When we talk about an event as a takeover we mean that a group of people or a project take control of that event. If a group of young people were to organise a ’takeover’ event at a particular venue, they might run events, have stalls, or do a number of things that ’take over’ the venue.

Affordable = If something is affordable, that means that people can reasonably afford it, meaning they are able to pay for it. If something is not affordable, it is considered expensive. This means it cannot be for everyone, because everyone might have a different amount of money to spend and therefore only those with lots of money can afford it. In order for everyone to be able to access the arts, the arts therefore should be affordable.

Scheme = This is a way of packaging something under a certain name or title – a scheme is a plan to achieve an idea or objective.

Practitioner = In an educational setting, this is an adult who runs educational events like workshops for schools, teachers and children.