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Curious Minds

Curious Minds is an Arts Council England bridge organisation.

Curious Minds is a company dedicated to helping people and organisations realise their greatest asset - their creative potential.

It is a creative social enterprise delivering high quality programmes and services to partners and clients concerned with education and learning, regeneration and cohesion, and the development of social and emotional well being.

It believes it is everyone’s right to have the opportunity to live, learn and work creatively and it works to realise this ambition by enabling creative collaboration, and prides itself in an ability to make collaborative partnerships work effectively with experience developing partnerships between a wide range of service providers.

About bridge organsations

As part of our goal to make sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture, Arts Council England funds a network of 10 bridge organisations as part of the National portfolio. Each of these will use their experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,351,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,386,000
  • 2014-2015: £1,423,000

Video feed

A Curious Celebration - Jackie Kay

On 24 October 2014 teachers and the arts and cultural sectors from across the North west came together at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester to celebrate schools who had been nominated as arts and cultural champions by the arts sector in the North West. Schools who champion the arts in their settings and give high quality arts and cultural experiences to their students.

Award winning novelist and poet Jackie Kay was one of our Keynote speakers.

A Curious Celebration - Dave Moutrey

On 24 October 2014 teachers and the arts and cultural sectors from across the North west came together at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester to celebrate schools who had been nominated as arts and cultural champions by the arts sector in the North West. Schools who champion the arts in their settings and give high quality arts and cultural experiences to their students.
CEO of Cornerhouse and soon to open HOME, Dave Moutrey was one of the keynote speakers.

#stARTedinschool

For most people working in the arts and beyond, a first-experience of the arts, provided by their school, kick-started a passion, nurtured a skill or influenced their career choices.

It all started in school.

Part of a campaign to raise awareness of arts and arts subjects in school the #stARTedinschool campaign has, so far, seen contributions from people across the arts and culture sector and beyond. As well as contributions from Julie Hesmondhalgh and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

You can contribute as well. Send us a short 10 second clip or a tweet using the #stARTedinschool hashtag.

#stARTedinschool

Glen Meskell from Curious Minds tells us what teacher inspired him at school. You can join the campaign as well by sending a short video clip to paige@curiousminds.org.uk or by sharing your comments and clips on the hashtag #stARTedinschool on Twitter.

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Anne Savage (DJ) #stARTedinschool

The fantastic DJ Anne Savage joins the #stARTedinschool campaign and gives her thoughts on the importance of the arts in school.
Anne Savage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Savage_(DJ)
http://www.djannesavage.com

Vox Pops with Teachers

Interviews with teachers across the North West and re-enacted by young people.
Part of the resources from our Curious about . . . Working with Schools workshops.

Stewart Parsons - It #startedinschool

Stewart Parsons - The man behind Get it Loud in Libraries (http://www.getitloudinlibraries.com) gave us his thoughts on his memories of school and how important arts were to him.

Curious Minds Celebrating Artsmark

On the 11 February, 2014, Curious Minds held a celebration event for schools right across the North West who had achieved Artsmark and Artsmark Gold status during round 13 of Arts Council England’s flagship programme – Artsmark - a programme that enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision to their students.

The Artsmark programme is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation, one of which is Curious Minds in the North West.

Types of Schools

The landscape of education has changed dramatically over the past five years.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the difference between a free school, a studio school or a traditional state school.

This simple animation gives you a quick explanation of the current education landscape and the types of schools our students attend.
November 2013

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Contact details

http://www.curiousminds.org.uk

Lodge House
Cow Lane
Burnley
Lancashire
BB11 1NN

53.789001, -2.246

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