This year, children age 5 to 11 can achieve an Arts Award by simply recording what they are currently doing in any in arts and craft, design, drama and music activities they enjoy taking part in.
Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 has developed a special Waltham Forest Arts Award Discover which allows children with their families to access Arts Award independently.
Arts Award rewards achievement by recording what they are already doing and allows them to take part in free drop-in Arts Award workshops with different creative activities taking place each month across the borough.
A team of expert Arts Award advisers will provide one–to-one advice and support at the drop-in workshops to help children complete their Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 Arts Award Discover and apply for their certificate.
To gain an Arts Award Discover, children will need to take part in two different arts activities, research a local artist and share what they have done with others. If they are attending a Waltham Forest Holiday programme, the scheme will be available at eight venues running until 23 August.
Certificates for completing the award will cost £5 but advice, support and downloadable booklets are provided free.
Bronze Arts Award for Young People age 11-19
This award will be available through the Waltham Forest Summer Holiday Activity programme, available to older young people . Bronze level takes around 40 hours of guided activity and is a national level 1 qualification equivalent to Grades D to G GCSE’s. Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture will fund half the cost of the Bronze award which is available for only £13 during the summer period.
Niki, London Borough of Waltham Forest resident and parent said:
“My daughter has recently turned five and has signed up and started to work her way towards achieving the ‘Arts Award Discover’. It is a great initiative and we are enjoying the process immensely.”
Cllr Grace Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:
“Arts Awards is a fun and independent way for young people to get involved in the arts and gain a qualification whilst doing so. We’ve tried to make the process easy for young people, who can take part in their own time and using activities that they already love doing. Arts Awards builds children’s confidence and independent learning skills. Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children's learning and this provides an opportunity to do so in a positive way”.
This is an informal way for children to achieve an Arts Award Discover at an introductory level. This is one of five levels of national qualifications accredited by Trinity College London.