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Homeschooling during Covid19 – week eight creative activities

Homeschooling during Covid19 – week eight creative activities

Homeschooling during Covid19 week eight - creative activities

We're here to help you through another week of home-schooling! To get you started for the week, here's quite a big resource. Fantastic for Families have updated their website to include lots of online participatory activities for all ages: https://fantasticforfamilies.com/

Dance

Have you got small people in your life who love the ballet? Then check out the Royal Opera House creative learning resource packs! Alongside the class activities, there are plenty of digital resources that you can use from home: https://learning-platform.roh.org.uk/ballet

Drama

We are delighted to see ACA Members Little Angel Theatre getting this publicity! Have you seen their lockdown content yet? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/52583126/making-puppet-theatres-from-lockdown-parcel-packaging

Music

Do your kids need a goal during lockdown? Glyndebourne has launched Arts Award at Home - a new opportunity for young people to engage with the arts during lockdown and earn a nationally recognised qualification: http://glyndebourne.com/artsaward

Why not have a play in Google Chrome's Music Lab? Get your creative juices flowing and then send us the results! https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments?dm_i=5HR0,6JZR,2XJGH5,OTBM,1

Museums

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you and your family can join in with a bit of Time Travel TV courtesy of the National Archives: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/students/time-travel-tv/

If you are enjoying any of this content, please consider making a donation to the organisation who is producing it! Arts organisations are facing up to 100% revenue loss due to Covid19 and need all the help they can get right now.

Homeschooling during Covid19 week seven – creative activities

Homeschooling during Covid19 week seven – creative activities

Homeschooling during Covid19 week seven - creative activities

We're here to help you through another week of home-schooling!

Drama:

Why not try Fly High Stories' plays that you can act out at home? We are very excited that this includes a script by our Chair - Vicky Ireland MBE: https://www.flyhighstories.co.uk/at-home

Our friends at Little Actors Theatre have come up with a weekly lockdown schedule of activities. Definitely worth a visit if you have acting-obsessed little ones: https://www.littleactorstheatre.com/articles_373517.html

Listening

We recommend heading over to Little Radio UK - run by the incredible present Chris Jarvis! Check out their website and find out all the different ways you can listen: https://www.littleradio.co.uk/

How about a story read by our superstar patron Baroness Floella Benjamin? Suitable for kids and big kids alike! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTKRCnHB7YmN69iIbg_JH2w

Music

Don't forget to prepare your submission for the #BBCLockdownOrchestra. You can play, paint or pirouette - just make sure to meet the deadline on Sunday https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/lpcpKcs0Glj7w7hKkJv0Kv/join-the-bbc-lockdown-orchestra-for-you-got-the-love

Home-schooling during Covid19 week five – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week five – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week five - creative activities

Are you back to school with the kids this week? Here are our top five creative resources to keep their imaginations alive during homeschooling!

  1. Check out Starcatchers' Wee Inspirations for some fun, low-pressure art as part of your at-home curriculum: https://www.starcatchers.org.uk/wee-inspirations/
  2. Using Google Arts and Culture, you and your kids can explore museum artefacts around the world from the comfort of your living room! https://artsandculture.google.com/
  3. Why not take the family to a concert one evening played by the Berlin Philharmonic? Their award-winning digital concert hall is currently FREE for everyone! We recommend this family 'Toy-Box' to get you hooked: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/22626
  4. Check out this FANTASTIC blog about keeping creative at home - we particularly liked the page 10 challenge: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/blog/keeping-creative-at-home-rediscover-your-home-as-a-creative-space
  5. Every morning at 10am you can get moving with the Circus Central free Wake Up and Warm Up class: https://www.circuscentral.co.uk/classes/wake-up-and-warm-up-20200322-195309

Have you got a favourite Stay at Home creative activity that we haven't shared yet? Get in touch via admin@childrensarts.org.uk and let us know all about it!

If you're enjoying this content, please consider donating to our Crowdfunder. All funds raised will be distributed to children's arts organisations and freelancers to help mitigate the financial damage done by Covid19: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-childrens-arts-covid-19-hardship-fund

Homeschooling during Covid19 week four – creative activities

Homeschooling during Covid19 week four – creative activities

Homeschooling during Covid19 week four - creative activities

It may be the 'Easter Holidays', but we are here to help those of you who need entertainment for the smaller people in your lives!

Art

1)  Nothing beats a good bit of colouring in. How about this doing this #ThankYouNHS picture made by Sir Michael Craig-Martin? https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/MxHKChgvM08r1fS410jqV/colour-your-own-thank-you-to-nhs-staff

Dance

1) Check out the Sadlers Wells family dance classes on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAC0ZTI5pkuzlbdGtV_-bimq6JL5ArVit

Film

1) If you're #homeschooling today, why not introduce your kids to a classic film on @BFI player? https://player.bfi.org.uk/free

2) Check out the ChildNet film-making competition: https://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2020

Literature

1)  We love this book illustrated by Alex Scheffler explaining Coronavirus to kids: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fvBMJ7Eg1xTc9fn5Mh6LnAtO195Cuk2o/view

2) Don't miss the chance to join in with Seven Stories Museum's #kidsbooksinquarantine - this is a great activity for kids and big kids alike to recreate a favourite children's book cover! (Head over to Twitter for some examples...)

Is there a home-schooling activity that you've particularly enjoyed and would like us to share? Send it over to mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk for next week's round up!

 

 

Home-schooling during Covid19 week three – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week three – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week three – creative activities

This week’s homeschooling activities are all run by wonderful freelancers! Freelance performers and artists have lost nearly all their income due to Covid19 and need as much support as they can get right now. Most of these activities are free to participate in, but donations are welcomed (and needed) by the artists who have created them.

To get you started, why not try ToddlerTunez’s creative babysitting? https://www.toddlertunez.com

Art

Art Kids are creating great online resources inspired by contemporary artists!  https://www.facebook.com/artkidslondon/?hc_location=ufi

Dance

Try out these fun dance classes at Peekaboo moves: https://www.facebook.com/peekaboomoves/

 

Music

Mini Music Makers – participate in daily musical entertainment for small people, whilst also supporting freelancers during these challenging times: https://www.facebook.com/minimusicmakers/

Sing with Claire: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnB4SKyiMk3kh0eJerifrhQ?fbclid=IwAR2stJip5EXf4FbO9sa_J84LZNq5kq2knFi-tidYHBLAUzpf8wh8XW_Asjc&app=desktop

Story-telling

We’ve been enjoying story time with Mama G, which also includes stories written by children and young people!  https://www.facebook.com/MamaGStories/

Covid19 – emergency funding for freelancers and small organisations

Covid19 – emergency funding for freelancers and small organisations

Covid19 - emergency funding for freelancers and small organisations

Funding available

This page will be updated as we become aware of further funding opportunities. Last updated on 11 May.

General:

Arts Council England – grants for NPOs and CPPs who are in financial need. Open for applications from 12-19 May https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/financial-support-npos-and-lead-cpp-organisations

Charities Aid Foundation – grants of up to £10,000 for charities whose income was under £1million in the last financial year (applications pause at 5pm on 6 April and will re-open soon) https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund

Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland - supporting local charities whose work and income has been affected https://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/coronavirusfund/

Directors Charitable Fund - grants of around £500 for Directors in acute need https://www.directorscf.org/directors-support-scheme

Equity Charitable Trust open to anyone who has previously worked on an Equity contract http://www.equitycharitabletrust.org.uk/coronavirusemergencysupport/

Facebook Small Business Grants – now open for applications https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

Liverpool Coronavirus Support - a range of financial programmes to support local business through Covid19 https://investliverpool.com/news/metro-mayor-announces-15m-coronavirus-business-support/

London Community Response – Wave Two Funding now available to arts and culture organisations https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/available-funding/guidance-applicants/arts-and-culture

Pay it Forward – set up by the Creative Industries Federation to help people crowdfund https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/creative-industries

The Royal Opera House Benevolent fund – for past and current employees of the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet, or of any other charity or organisation which gives public performances of opera, ballet or music https://www.roh.org.uk/about/benevolent-fund

The Schroder Charity Trust - support for charities impacted by Covid19 https://schrodercharitytrust.org/eligibility

The Steve Morgan Foundation - grants for charities in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales helping the most vulnerable https://stevemorganfoundation.org.uk/morgan-pledges-1million-a-week-to-charities-hit-by-coronavirus/

The Yapp Charitable Trust - small charities with an annual expenditure of less than £40,000 can apply for up to £3,000 core funding http://yappcharitabletrust.org.uk/what-we-fund/

Royal Variety Charity – supporting people in financial need who work in entertainment http://www.royalvarietycharity.org/news/detail/assistance-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

Art:

Artists General Benevolent Institute – fund for fine artists https://www.agbi.org.uk/contact.html

 

Film and TV:

all applications now closed

Heritage:

National Lottery Heritage Fund – grants of between £3,000 - £50,000 https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/heritage-emergency-fund

Literature:

The Book Trade Charity - support for people who work/have worked in a bookshop http://www.btbs.org/

Royal Literary Fund - financial support for published authors https://www.rlf.org.uk/helping-writers/applying-for-help/

Society of Authors – grants of up to £2,000 for writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others https://societyofauthors.org/Grants/Grants-for-writers-in-need

Music:

Musicians Union – grants of up to £200 for MU members https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/hardshipfund

PRS – grants of up to £1000 for PRS members, open until 15 May https://www.prsformusic.com/c/emergency-relief-fund

Youth Music - emergency grants for music organisations, deadlines every Friday until 15 May https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/funding-application-deadlines

Photography:

BenSoc - support for professional photographers https://pub28.bravenet.com/emailfwd/show.php?formid=3770&usernum=2324751481

Theatre:

Actors’ Benevolent Fund – grants for those who have contracted Covid19 and have applied for Universal Credit (or are already in receipt of benefits) https://www.actorsbenevolentfund.co.uk/

Actors’ Children’s Trust – ACT gives money to actor parents and their children, they have paid £200 to each family who has requested support for food and bills in April. https://actorschildren.org/

Funds for Freelancers – for actors, creatives and ushers working in theatre. If you’re in need of financial support then all you need to do is email: submissions@paultaylormills.com with a few sentences about your situation.

Make a Difference Trust – grants of up to £200, priority will be given to those who have helped raise money for the Trust in the past https://www.madtrust.org.uk/project/make-a-difference-coronavirus-covid-19-hardship-fund/

Royal Theatrical Fund – for people who have worked in their profession (theatrical arts on stage, radio, films or television or any other medium by which such arts may be presented) for a minimum of seven years http://www.trtf.com/who-do-we-help

Theatrical Guild – for those working in theatre who are not on the stage https://ttg.org.uk/

Until the Curtains Rise – fundraising for grants which will be administered by Acting for Others https://www.untilthecurtainsrise.com/

Northern Ireland:

Community Fund – children and young people’s projects, which connect people through creative mediums https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/coronavirus-community-fund/

Scotland:

Crisis Fund - if you are on a low income and have lost work or money due to Covid19 https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-welfare-fund/crisis-grants/

Emergency Arts Workers Support Fund - grants of up to £250, open for a second phase from 6 - 15 May https://visualartscotland.typeform.com/to/S1nZRm

Third Sector Resilience Fund – grants and loans for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund

Wales:

Arts Council of Wales – Urgent Fund for Individuals (opens 14 April), Stabilisation Fund for Organisations (opens 21 April), Stabilisation Fund for Individuals (opens 29 May) https://arts.wales/funding/coronavirus

Home-schooling during Covid19 week two – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week two – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week two - creative activities

To support parents home-schooling their children during Covid-19, we will be sharing daily resources to help continue your children's creative education. If you enjoy a particular organisation's free activities, please consider making a donation directly to them so that they can continue doing their fantastic work out the other side of lockdown - small arts organisations are under huge strain right now and every penny helps. We are sharing stories of organisations in particular need over on our Twitter page.

Here is a list of our resources for week two:

Craft: Learn how to make a tambourine from... Macaroni! (If you can spare the pasta, that is). Check out Sound Connections' YouTube channel for more fun instrument-making activities.

Dance: Strictly star Oti Mabuse is running daily dance classes at 11.30am over on her Facebook page! We hear this week's theme is musicals... https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/

Literature: ACA Critical Friend, author and illustrator James Mayhew has started #StoryTime4HomeTime, the perfect way to end your day! Follow the link to find out a little more, and make sure to subscribe to James' YouTube channel: https://www.jamesmayhew.co.uk/2020/03/storytime4hometime.html

Music: Why not try incorporating the Voices Foundation Virtual Singing Assembly into your daily lunchtime routine? https://www.pscp.tv/Voices_Found/1vAxRBddAPgxl

Another week of home-schooling done! And for some, it's the start of the Easter holidays... Why not wind down with some free meditation from Calm? https://blog.calm.com/take-a-deep-breath

Other things we've loved...

The egg, Theatre Royal Bath are sharing some fantastic family-friendly plays online, including I wish I was a mountainhttps://vimeo.com/401349317

Usborne has launched a Play and Learn at Home digital hub, which includes all their e-books for a reduced price of 99p each: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/usborne-launches-play-and-learn-home-digital-hub-1198269

First News, the schools' newspaper, are making some of their editions available free online: https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue/

We will continue to provide ideas for fun stay-at-home activities throughout the holidays, so watch this space!

JM Barrie Awards: in photos

JM Barrie Awards: in photos

JM Barrie Awards: in photos

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 JM Barrie Awards! Pictured above from Left to Right: Sir Philip Pullman CBE (winner of the JM Barrie Lifetime Achievement Award); Joseph Middleton, Kathleen Evans and Ewan Gilford (from Leeds Lieder, Members' Award winner); Amanda Craig (Members' Award winner); Josh Parsons and Yvonne Farquharson (from Breathe Magic, JM Barrie Outstanding Contribution Award winner); Matthew Sanders and Diana Schomberg (from Magic Lantern, Members' Award winner).

Thank you to the fantastic team of young people who helped make the awards happen. From Left to Right: Emmerson Sutton, our young presenter; Lilly Kurata (top right), our young pianist; and Albee and Noah Superville, our award presenters.

Members' Award Winners

Left top: Joseph Middleton, Kathleen Evans and Ewan Gilford (Leeds Lieder);

Left bottom: Diana Schomberg, James Mayhew and Matthew Sanders (Magic Lantern);

Right: Amanda Glover

Outstanding Contribution Award - Breathe Magic

Left: Breathe Arts Health Research Founder Yvonne Farquharson with ACA President David Wood OBE

Right top: Breathe Magic patron Jim Carter chats to Sir Philip Pullman

Right bottom: the full Breathe Magic Team

Home-schooling during Covid19 week one – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week one – creative activities

Home-schooling during Covid19 week one - creative activities

To support parents home-schooling their children during Covid-19, we will be sharing daily resources to help continue your children's creative education. Here is a list of our resources for week one:

Art - take the kids sketching at the Louvre's Egypt collection: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Music - introduce them to the opera! We recommend starting with one of Rossini's comedies  La Cenerentola  (Cinderella) or  Il Barbiere di Sevigliahttps://operavision.eu/en/library/óperas

Museums and Galleries - follow the hashtag #MuseumFromHome for lots of fun facts from museum curators, or do a virtual museum tour of the British Museum via Streetview: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5191587,-0.1260849,2a,75y,53.35h,90.1t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shtObAXybDUe7n9XEKHUiFQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Dance - Check out Dance Syndrome’s free online dance classes. Suitable for mixed abilities and mixed age groups: https://dancesyndrome.co.uk/online-dance-sessions/

Here are a few more ideas shared by our members...

Theatre - why not download the Theatr Na Nog app for free learning resources in English and Welsh?

Literature - Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell is reading a chapter of How to Train your Dragon on YouTube every day! Perfect for a wet lunchtime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyUNZa7_Gjo

March Newsletter

March Newsletter

March Newsletter

We had a great time with members, Trustees, Patrons, Critical Friends and other industry professionals at our New Years' Drinks, hosted by SAMA Bankside!

The Arts Backpack UK - February Update

  • Pilots are on schedule to commence in Fife and Leicester from September 2020. We will be working with 7 schools in Fife, in partnership with Youth Music Theatre Scotland; and 4 schools in Leicester, in partnership with Spark Arts.
  • Planning is underway for a London pilot later in the 2020/21 academic year, in partnership with For Good, the charity associated with Wicked.
  • We have received over 200 responses to our children's survey, which was issued via First News in January. Our researchers Keda and Yasemin will be compiling this data to inform their research and evaluation processes.
  • We have received the first instalment of funding from Fife Council.

Chair's report

  • Congratulations to our patron Floella on becoming a Dame!
  • It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of our much loved patron, Terry Jones, an exceptional writer, and a unique creative spirit.
  • Vicky attended the Writer’s Guild GB Awards, and the Writer’s Guild GB Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards 2020.
  • A group of TYA Theatre makers attended a meeting with representatives from Action for Children’s Arts, Theatre Education Forum, Theatre for Young Audiences England and Assitej UK with Anne Applebaum, Director of Children and Young People, Arts Council England. You can find full notes of this meeting below.
  • The Government are working hard to support Music Education and are calling for a music consultation. https://consult.education.gov.uk/curriculum-implementation-unit/music-education-call-for-evidence/ Maybe other art forms for children and young people should also strive to make their case heard by Government?