The Department of Education set to renovate cultural learning with a £15m investment

Children doing artOver the last few years the recession has rained all too heavily on the arts as culture and creativity was forced to take a backseat in a rather broken Britain.

2012 however has proved to be a golden year for our sector as opportunities throughout Britain has opened up to the arts, allowing us to authenticate our worth and demonstrate to the public how culture and creativity can inspire, influence and unite our communities.

A rather grand example of this was seen in Liverpool last weekend when giant puppets roamed the streets in the spectacular ‘Sea Odyssey’ by Nantes-based French company Royal De Luxe, this spectacle memorised audiences and was a beautiful reminder of how art is a universal language that can discovered and enjoyed by everyone.

At mailout we hope this message will also infiltrate the young minds of the audience, who may have never discovered or realised the power and imagination the arts hold.

For when the arts suffered, in turn young people did too, as artistic educational programmes closed down and the curriculum was deemed to stifle creativity instead of nurturing it.

So, how relieving it is to hear that 2012 will not simply be the year that children witnessed dazzling arts activities on their doorstep but were also encouraged to participate in art of their own making.

This is because the Government has now announced a much needed £15m injection into cultural education built on the recommendations of the Cultural Education Review.

The Review of Cultural Education in England was carried out by Darren Henley of Classic FM and aims to ensure all children, especially from deprived backgrounds, can access the arts.

Among these measures are proposals for a new national youth dance company and an academy for young film-makers, plus a new cultural education partnership expected to include ACE, Heritage Lottery Fund, British Film Institute, National Museums and English Heritage.

Following the stamp of approval by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Educational Secretary Michael Grove last year The Department of Education can now confirm it will invest £15m to make Darren Henley’s review a reality.

It is expected to take three years worth of groundwork, funding schemes and plans for the DCMS but it is a positive start – here at mailout we look forward to all new partnerships and opportunities which will arise for artists and the impact it will have on young creatives. Watch this space.

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