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Wednesday September 14th, 2016

Welcome to the Network

Welcome to A2: Connect and welcome to our blog. We like to think of it as a noticeboard/scrapbook/newsletter/virtual coffeeshop/library, but it can be whatever the artists, educators, schools and arts organisations that gather here, want to make of it.

A2:Connect is the Arts & Education Network for Central South region (that’s the Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend council areas).  The network is led and managed by the Arts Active Trust on behalf of the Arts Connect Consortium (which is made up of council arts development departments and associated Charitable Trusts from the region).

This structure means that we’re tapping into the contacts and experience of the region’s arts development teams from the very start, as well as the collective knowledge and experience of the arts and education community they are already working with.  With so much experience behind us, we hope that the network is going to be a fantastic driver for arts & education work in the area and raise the profile of new and old activity alike.

We were initiated as part of the Wales-wide strand of Creative Learning Through The Arts – The Arts Council Wales and Welsh government action plan for new opportunities for children and young people across Wales. It’s an exciting and important time for arts and creativity in schools.  We see the plan as an incredible opportunity to build on the great work that’s been going on for some time, and to create opportunities for artists and teachers for the changes in the Welsh curriculum in 2020.

Our role is to increase and improve arts experiences and opportunities in schools.  We aim to achieve this by forging links between:

  • teachers, educationalists and partners from the education sector
  • arts practitioners, arts organisations and venues
  • cultural and heritage organisations and venues such as museums, libraries and archives
  • local authority arts providers, including music services
  • higher education arts and cultural partners;
  • the creative industries sector.

In a nutshell we hope to create as many opportunities as possible to get people involved in the arts and education in the same room (be that digital or the type with a floor and ceiling) to share, learn and explore through conversations, collaborations and shared experiences.

We’re hoping this blog will be one of the ways we do that.

The A2 Team.

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