'The Youth Arts Network' wants to hold a meeting in November to discuss what the next stage of this network should be.
For all of those who haven't yet engaged with 'Youth Arts Network <http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/group/youth-arts> ', we are currently an informal group of practitioners working with in the Youth Arts sector in various guises as freelancers or with organisations. Since it's inception following the visit of 'Massive <http://massivecompany.co.nz/> ' from New Zealand in October 2011, we have been meeting and discussing various ideas and potential ways this network could be beneficial for the development of the Youth Arts sector in Wales.
Many things have been discussed and there have been practical outcomes such as a 'Skills Sharing day' at the Sherman in early March. There was also a great conversation that emerged around a possible Youth Arts festival and what this may look like in Wales. Since then Arts Council Wales had engaged in a similar conversation around a Youth Arts festival at the . There has been some consultation with young people about Youth Arts festivals and also some young people attended the skills sharing at the Sherman. However in order to move forward some big questions around what this Network should be have arisen and therefore a regroup with as many people present feels like a good next step.
Should it stay as a informal network? Should we formalise the network so that we can access funds which in turn could provide support for further skills sharing and development workshops, consultation events and anything else we as a group would like to engage with.
A conversation feels necessary and needed at this stage. A day together will help us realise where we should head with this network and how best as a network it can support all who work within the Youth Arts sector.
The date for this meeting has been set for the 27th November 2012 and the place currently is being discussed as potentially the Sherman or WMC all dependant on who has space to accommodate the day. We were also hoping that as part of the day rather then having boring sandwiches for lunch we could all bring in some food - cooked or bought to share with the group.
The main aims/ questions for the day:
Should the network stay as it is?
What are the aims of this network?
How can it broaden it's reach and engagement with the whole of Wales?
What should a Youth Arts Festival look like?
How as consortium of people and organisations can we access funds and opportunities that can benefit the sector as whole?
When should we have another skills sharing day?
What should a consultation with young people look and feel like?
Come along and voice your thoughts and opinions on Tuesday 27th November 2012, 11am - 5pm Sherman or WMC (TBC).
Abdul Shayek - email@example.com
Guy O'Donnell - Guy.ODonnell@bridgend.gov.uk
To confirm your attendance. If there are issues around attending the day please feel free to provide your thoughts before hand and we are happy to include them during the conversation on the day.
My name is Lisa Harris and I run Blaenau Gwent Youth Theatre as well as working within a variety of youth arts organisations/projects as a freelance practitioner. This forum sounds a fantastic idea and I would love to get involved. Unfortunately I cannot attend on the 27th Nov as I am already running workshops that day. I will keep an eye out for further information about the days events and hopefully join you on the next meeting. Looking forward to hearing the thoughts and ideas that come from the day!