Our pledge to Birmingham's young people

By on 20/11/2014 in News

Six principles to create a better Birmingham for the city’s young people have today been unveiled.

‘A Creative Future’ is a shared vision for the cultural provision for children and young people across the city, working with a range of partners.

It aims to improve access to, and raise the quality of, arts and culture for young people in Birmingham.

Working alongside the Youth Promise launched earlier this month it reflects an increasing emphasis from the city council on supporting young people into training and employment.

The draft document, which has now developed to become Creative Future 3, will go to public consultation today.

Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, said: “This all began with the Youth Arts Summit last year when hundreds of young people had the opportunity to let us know directly what they thought about arts and culture provision in the city.

“We want young people to have a real voice in the cultural planning of their city and we are asking the whole city to sign up to this pledge; every organisation with a role in supporting young people’s cultural participation can help us to develop, deliver and communicate a whole city action plan. This is about everyone working together; a civic approach.â€

The Creative Future 3 commitments are:

• All children and young people in Birmingham should have the opportunity to experience high quality arts and cultural provision as audience members, participants, creators and leaders

• All children and young people should have access to high quality cultural education in schools and other educational settings

• All children and young people should have access to and understanding of a clear progression pathway for broadening and deepening arts and cultural engagement from 0 – 25 years

• All children and young people should have access to high quality creative careers advice, education and guidance and support for accessing employment opportunities within the creative industries, in support of the Youth Promise

• All children and young people should have the opportunity to receive recognition and accreditation for their achievements within the arts

• All children and young people should be able to have a meaningful voice in cultural planning and provision in Birmingham

Information on the Creative Future 3 consultation can be found here: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/a-creative-future-iii

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