Creativity, arts, and culture

What is creativity, arts and culture?

Creativity, arts and culture refer to activities that foster creativity, allow individuals to engage in the arts and explore their local community’s cultural identity. Creativity and arts include activities such as theatre, music, visual arts and dance. These are activities that are normally included in children and young people’s lives through extra-curricular activities and some are also involved in the school curriculum. Cultural activities involve visiting art galleries, museums, libraries, and community cultural centres. Fostering creativity in children improves future employability in all industries, mental health, academic attainment and cognitive abilities (1). Cultural activities also play a pivotal role for young people to gain cultural awareness and engage with the local community, making them more likely to both volunteer and vote as adults (2). These activities also improve young people’s analysis and problem-solving skills and develop a sense of their own identities and beliefs, contributing to personality development (3).

Why is this important to Ormiston Trust?

In more recent years, arts and cultural activities have been neglected within school curriculums and only a minority of young people in the UK can afford to participate in extracurricular activities (4). Many OT academies are located in marginalized areas of the United Kingdom and are more likely to be attended by students who are unable to participate in extracurricular activities that allow them to do arts and cultural activities. Therefore, Ormiston Trust is committed to improving access to creativity and cultural related activities for young people who traditionally have less access to these as through fostering creativity through the arts and providing young people with cultural awareness they are empowered to reach their full potential.

Grant programmes examples: Music, art or drama experiences, art competitions, poetry competitions, museum, library and art gallery visits.

Desired Outcomes:

References
(1) Arts Council England and Durham University, 2019. “Durham Commission on Creativity and Education ”. Durham University. https://www.dur.ac.uk/creativitycommission/report/firstreport/

(2) Cultural Learning Alliance, 2017. “ Imagine Nation: The value of Cultural Learning ”. Cultural Learning Alliance.
https://culturallearningalliance.org.uk/about-us/imaginenation-the-value-of-cultural-learning/
(3) NASUWT, The Teachers’ Union, 2017. “Creativity and Arts in the Curriculum: a report of policies and practices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales”. NASUWT.org.

https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/
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(4) Arts Council England, 2014. “The value of Arts and Culture to People and Society: an evidence review”. Arts Council England.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/

Case Studies

Artsmark Gold Award

Organisation

Ormiston Meadows Academy

Years Funded

2020/2021

Amount funded

£17000

Beneficiaries

30 People

Area Of Focus

Creativity, arts and culture

Royal Shakespeare Associate School Programme

Organisation

Ormiston Park Academy

Years Funded

2020/2021

Amount funded

£17000

Beneficiaries

100 People

Area Of Focus

Love of learning and study support

BOAT Show Recording

Organisation

Flegg High Ormiston Academy

Years Funded

2020/2021

Amount funded

£17000

Beneficiaries

30 People

Area Of Focus

Wellbeing

James is the Chief Executive officer of Ormiston Trust. He has worked as an organisation advisor in the private, public and voluntary sectors, helping organisations to grow sustainably over the medium to long term. He has helped charities for over 20 years in the fields of strategic development, partnership setup, programme and project delivery.

Poppy is the Youth Engagement and Partnership Officer at Ormiston Trust, responsible for coordinating our team of Young Advisors and developing effective working relationships with external organisations. She is currently studying ‘Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development’ at Warwick University and previously worked as Board Advisor for a non-profit youth-focused organisation in Croydon. She has experience in activism work – attending COP26 with environmental education company Force of Nature and had been a member of the UK Youth Parliament for many years, speaking on environmental issues in the House of Commons for its ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.

Genéa is the Communications and Events Coordinator at Ormiston Trust. She plays an integral role in overseeing the communications and media strategy – along with leading the content development for internal and external comms and PR across the Trust and the #WeWill programme. As well as supporting all event planning across campaigns, including the delivery of comms workshops with the Youth Advisory Council. 

She has worked predominantly in broadcasting PR, comms and editorial and now works as a narrative designer alongside her work since completing her MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins. 

Fiona is the Grants Assistant at Ormiston Trust and in her role she supports the Grants team. Previously, she worked in the City for 10 years, firstly as a dealer on the floor of the London Stock Exchange and then as an equity salestrader.  

Samia is a business and ICT Teacher with over 20 years of leadership experience in Education, working with leaders from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Her experience has ranged from working as an Acting Head Teacher to a Deputy for an Education Trust. Some of the key highlights from her education career have included building schools and setting up education provisions, including a teaching school, and winning several National awards. Samia is passionate about ensuring the young people in her care have the best possible experience and has always led by example by sending her own children to the schools she has been a part of.

Ray leads the youth engagement, partnerships and fundraising work streams at Ormiston Trust, in particular having strategic oversight of how we as an organisation can embed the voices of our young people in everything we do, and how we can work with partner organisations to maximise shared outcomes and opportunities.

His background is in community project development and funding, having worked with charities, schools, and local authorities in East Anglia to develop a plethora of projects including primary-secondary school transition, award-winning youth amateur theatre, social prescribing in rural GP practices, and youth commissioning boards, for which he was recognised as a Prime Minister’s Point of Light.

Ray is a global health and medicine graduate, alongside his work at Ormiston, he is a hospital doctor and public health academic. He is also an #iWill Ambassador and national #iWill Partnership Board member.

Anne is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has worked for Ormiston Trust for over 30 years, overseeing the property portfolio and asset management. She combines her work at the Trust with voluntary community work and has raised thousands of pounds to enhance leisure and education opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities. 

Karlene is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has been handling the Financial Management of Ormiston Trust since 2014. Her background is in Financial Services with 20 years working in the industry and she has a passion for systems, processes and spreadsheets to enable good finance management. 

Aneela is the Head of Education at Ormiston Trust. Prior to joining Ormiston Trust, she was Head of Professional Development and School Improvement at Beaconhouse Group, overseeing the professional development of over 8000 teachers and implementing systems for school improvement across 200 international schools, in the Southeast region. Prior to this, she worked at Universities in the UAE, where she taught on the Bachelor of Education and Diploma programmes, and previous to this she was a Lead Advisor for Nord Anglia Education services, working with head teachers and principals to raise educational standards across schools in Abu Dhabi.

Melissa is a Programme Management Officer at Ormiston Trust. In her role she supports the #WeWill programme management, and works closely with the monitoring & evaluation, social action toolkit & skills, and youth engagement teams. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Sussex, and her postgraduate degree in Global Health and Development at UCL. Over the last eight years, she has dedicated much of her time to working with non-profit organisations in the UK, Nigeria, China, and Tanzania.