Arts Council England (ACE) have announced the first round of successful schools and educational establishments to receive Artsmark status since it’s relaunch in September 2011. There were over 1500 successful applications made to the ACE programme.
The announcement comes as the manager behind Arts Award, Trinity College London, has confirmed that they will act as the national provider for Artsmark scheme. By linking the two programmes, it is hoped by the ACE that it, ‘will result in a more joined up approach to delivering cultural education for children and young people, both in and out of school.’
The Artsmark programme, which runs throughout England, has expanded to incorporate more educational facilities including further education colleges, pupil referral units and youth justice settings. Artsmark have also changed their awarding system, now offering two distinctions – ‘Artsmark’ status and ‘Artsmark Gold’ status.
ACE chief executive Alan Davey said: ‘The Arts Council has a long history of involvement in arts education and it’s great to see schemes like Artsmark becoming an integral part of more and more school curriculums.’
‘We took some time last year to review Artsmark and listen to what schools and our other partners had to say about the programme and how we can improve it. The high number of applications from schools and other educational settings clearly illustrates how well received these changes were. This relaunched Artsmark programme will play a significant role in achieving our ambition of every young person in the country experiencing what the arts have to offer.’
For more information visit www.artsmark.org.uk