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SPECIALLY SELECTED & COMMISSIONED FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE, THEIR CARERS AND FOSTER SIBLINGS

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When COVID-19 lock-down is lifted, in this section you'll find some links to great arts & cultural stuff on offer, specially selected for you in your local authority.

We've included links to all the Music Education Hubs across the West Midlands. There are also links to the Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the West Midlands. The focus for these partnerships is on sharing resources, knowledge and skills across sectors to bring about a more coherent and high quality cultural education provision for young people in their locality, and so provide a hub for the connection between arts & culture and education. Most give the opportunity to sign up to an e-newsletter.

BIRMINGHAM
 

Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Kelly Truscott from Birmingham Virtual School about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Kelly: The Hitman Roadshow. It was a concert with some of the biggest names at the time, including Big Fun and Sonia

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Kelly: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Performance 

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Kelly: I love watching Hip Hop theatre such as Breakin' Convention, ZooNation and the musical Hamilton, as they incorporate dance, music and theatre together.

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Birmingham....

Birmingham Rep

Shows, youth theatre, careers and backstage tours

Punch Records

Music and arts agency with a focus on black music, arts and culture.

Birmingham Museum

A fantastic range of museums, historical buildings and places of interest

Birmingham Hippodrome

Performances and events

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Performances, events and projects

Dance Xchange

dance classes, performances and events

Ikon Gallery

Contemporary art gallery

New Alexandra theatre

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Shows, cinema, workshops in range of art forms

SAMPAD

Projects and performances featuring british asian arts and artists.

Beatfreaks

Projects and opportunities for young creatives

Birmingham Contemporary music

Resources for creating contemporary music at home

Birmingham Opera Company

Performances, volunteering opportunities

CBSO

Performances and events

Ex Cathedra

singing, performances and events

Old Rep Theatre

Youth theatre, workshops, classes

COVENTRY
 
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DUDLEY
 
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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Claire Pennycooke from Dudley Performing Arts - arts lead for Dudley Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Claire: Erasure

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Claire: Someone who lived in The Magic Faraway Tree

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Performing

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Claire: Reading

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Dudley....

Dudley Council Arts Info

Information

Black Country radio

Radio programems, events, information

Dudley Performing Arts

Events, music lessons

Black Country Touring

Bring theatre, dance & cinema to the heart of communities in the Black Country

Black Country Living Museum

Events, Living museum experiences

Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust

Events, places of interest to visit

Dudley Museums

Interesting places to visit, events

Dudley Zoo

Interesting place to visit, events

Creative Black Country

Project and support for groups to develop creative activities etc.

Click here to read more about arts & culture in Dudley.

HEREFORDSHIRE
 
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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Helen Hardwick - Artslink Lead, Education Development Officer KS1 & Year 3 and SEN at Sandwell Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Helen: The Drifters

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Helen: Rita (Susan) in Educating Rita

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Audience

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Helen: Going to the theatre

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Sandwell....

Black Country Touring

Performances, podcasts, events, projects.

Creative academies Network

Events and projects.

Multistory

Project and events

Sandwell Music Education Hub

Instrument lessons and events.

Blue and White Creative

Events and projects.

Creative Black Country

Project and support for groups to develop creative activities etc.

Ingestre Hall

Residential Arts Centre

Sandwell Libraries

libraries and events

You can find out about some of the arts & cultural activities on offer in Sandwell through a useful search function at Sandwell Family Life

SHROPSHIRE
 
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SOLIHULL
 
STAFFORDSHIRE
 
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TELFORD & WREKIN
 
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WALSALL
 
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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Amundeep Bains - arts lead for Walsall Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Amundeep: The Spice Girls (and again last year - nothing could ever top them!)

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Amundeep: Someone with magical powers, like Hermione Grainger

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Audience

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Amundeep: Reading and discussing in my weekly book club

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Walsall....

Black Country Dance Hub

Events, projects, performances, dance information

Forest Arts Centre

Performances, events

Urban Hax

Courses, projects, technical equipment support, makers space

Creative Black Country

Project and support for groups to develop creative activities etc.

New Art Gallery, Walsall

Events, exhibitions

Walsall Music Hub

Events, lessons

Click here to read more about arts & culture in Walsall.

WARWICKSHIRE
 
WOLVERHAMPTON
 

Meet Wolverhampton Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Jasmin Bains from Wolverhampton Virtual School about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Jasmin: Kid Ink concert in Birmingham

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Jasmin: Cinderella

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Performance 

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Jasmin: Reading books, especially true stories!!!!!

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Wolverhampton....

Arena Theatre

Shows, performances and events and volunteering opportunities.

Black Country Touring

Performances, films, podcasts, projects.

Central Youth Theatre

Youth theatre based at Newhampton Arts Centre. Drama sessions, creating performances, projects.

Flexus Dance Company

Dance technique and choreography classes and performances.

Newhampton Arts Centre

Performances, events, classes.

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Performances, events.

Wolverhampton Arts and Culture

Check out art galleries and museums in Wolverhampton.

Beatsabar Music Project

Work experience opportunities, music projects.

Azaad Arts

Dhol drumming classes

The Way Youth Zone

Activities and events

Creative Black Country

See a range of projects and artist’s work

Flexus Dance Company - Youth Company

Dance technique and choreography classes and performances.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Exhibitions, events.

Library

Loaning of Books, audiobooks, and a range of events

Wolverhampton Music Service

Music based opportunities - lessons

WORCESTERSHIRE
 

Artslink is a programme by West Midlands Virtual Schools Children in Care Foundation, supported by Arts Connect. It aims to ensure that all care experienced children & young people are able to access high-quality arts & cultural experiences and activities.

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