- Date: 23 June 2011
- Artform: None
- Region: West Midlands
Black Country Children's Services Improvement Partnership (BCCSIP) is one of 10 organisations in England to be selected by Arts Council England to provide a bridge between the work of arts organisations and schools and communities. They will provide the service across the West Midlands from April 2012.
These organisations will receive between them £10.5 million a year of Lottery funds.
BCCSIP, which is part of the University of Wolverhampton, was formed in 2000 as a Department for Education pilot. Five years ago it took on the management of the Black Country Creative Partnerships programme which fosters partnerships between schools and creative practitioners to enrich the experiences of children and young people
BCCSIP will work at a strategic level across the 14 local authorities in the West Midlands. It will use its expertise in cultural education to support schools. They will also be responsible for delivering the Arts Council's Arts Mark and Arts Award schemes.
Aysha Afridi, Arts Council England's Relationship Manager (Learning) in the West Midlands, comments: "BCCSIP will use their expertise in cultural education to support schools in increasing the number of good artists working with them to provide great opportunities for children.
"Through their national network they will also build up and exploit their regional knowledge of opportunities where children and young people can engage with the arts in and out of school."
Aysha added that BCCSIP had a wealth of expertise and experience in working with children and young people.
"They have worked successfully across the Black Country for ten years and now will use their skills and knowledge to develop links between arts organisations and schools throughout the West Midlands."
One of the Arts Council's goals is that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.
Aysha Afridi added: "In the West Midlands there has been an excellent track record of providing high quality arts and cultural provision for children and young people through the work of many arts organisations, schools, colleges and youth groups.
"BCCSIP will work in partnership with these organisations to further develop this legacy and to reach even more children and young people and involve them in the arts."
Jan Roman, Director of BCCSIP, said: "We welcome being invited by Arts Council England to be one of the ten Bridge delivery organisations. Having worked successfully as a link between schools and artists and arts organisations we feel well placed to take on this challenging but exciting role. We really believe in the power of the arts to enhance and improve the lives of children and young people."
As part of their Bridge organisations role BCCSIP will conduct an audit of West Midlands schools and identify what arts provision is needed. They will work with the local authorities and arts organisations to ensure that an effective and high quality programme is introduced from 2012. Their funding for 2012/2013 will be £1,124,000.