The BACE Twinning project is a pilot scheme which seeks to address challenges around participation and engagement in culture through an innovative twinning scheme that matches local cultural providers (such as The Higgins Bedford, Full House Theatre, Bedford Creative Arts, The Philharmonia orchestra and more) with Bedford Borough schools.
These one-to-one partnerships between organisations will build vital cross-sector relationships through peer-to-peer professional development sessions and the funding of creative projects. Each set of twins will regularly come together for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) with the other twins within the cohort.
Twinned organisations will work together to develop and deliver cultural opportunities for young people and to strengthen links between schools and cultural providers.
Why? The Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) has identified a number of key findings on the links between cultural engagement and social outcomes:
- Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%
- Learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths & English
- Learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school.
- Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree
- Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment.
- Cultural engagement has a positive impact on wellbeing as people who take part in the arts are 38% more likely to report good health (CLA).
Our recently funded EISG ‘Culture for Wellbeing’ project, measured using the Leuven Scale, showed an increase of 20% in engagement and 17% in wellbeing in the participating students after 20 weeks of weekly cultural engagement.
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