Between the 19th April and the 8th June 2022 an “Army of Creatives” flooded Year 9 lessons and assemblies in 12 secondary schools across the London Borough of Lewisham. The 30 creatives involved had jobs from across the creative industries. Each had connections with Lewisham, most were persons from the Global Majority and together they had over 3000 interactions with young people in Year 9 across the borough.
The Army of Creatives project was devised in response to findings from LEAN’s Discussions on Creative Careers report 2020 – a series of detailed consultations undertaken by LEAN as part of the New Cross & Deptford Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) initiative.
The Army of Creatives final report will examine the impact of the project on the pupils, their teachers and the creatives involved and will reflect on how it may shape the development and delivery of similar projects in the future. Our hope is that the information in this report provides useful insight for all organisations and settings working with young people in a creative way.
As part of the legacy of the project we have built a selection of downloadable resources, videos and links which young people, families and educators can access highlighting the breadth of careers in the creative industries and the diversity of people who work in them. These can be found here.