£10m of lottery funding will be invested in a network of ten Bridge delivery organisations which will provide a direct bridge between the work of arts organisations and schools and communities.
These Bridge delivery organisations will use their expertise in cultural education to support schools in increasing the number of good artists and great arts opportunities for children. They will also help schools gain Artsmark. The network will also build up and exploit regional knowledge of opportunities where children and young people can engage with the arts both in and out of school and use their expertise to practically support arts organisations, schools and other cultural partners to work together and enhance the lives of their communities.
The ten organisations (one in each region) are (2012/13 funding):
A New Direction £1,100,100
A New Direction will work with four organisations in London:
– Sadlers Wells £75,000*
– Roundhouse £160,000*
– Apples and Snakes £55,000*
– Lyric Hammersmith £160,000*
Cape UK £1,018,000
Curious Minds Merseyside £1,351,000
Norfolk and Norwich Festival £500,000
Royal Opera House £730,000
The Mighty Creatives £900,000
The Arts Council describes part of their rationale for creating these Bridge Organisations is to ensure a legacy from Creative Partnerships and the Find Your Talent, now at an end.
More information, contained in ‘Children and young people and the national portfolio’ can be found below, along with the latest Bridge Organisations Briefing.
Lewisham Education Arts Network is interested in hearing your views about the Bridge network. Please contact Jane Hendrie with any comments.