At Howard Community Academy, we started our Artsmark journey in September 2020. With a strong belief that the arts are a powerful tool to develop creativity, expression, language, and literacy, we have embarked on some exciting projects working with arts partners locally.
Working with artists from Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI), an arts charity, our youngest children have enjoyed “artscaping” and exploring the natural world around them through different lenses. Emerging from this project, the children worked with the adults to create their own creative studio in school, the Theatre and Making room. This has become a place of freedom and expression, where the children explore their world, bringing the outside in and sharing their creativity with others.
In partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, we plan to continue this work with CCI and some of our older children, exploring how the arts can develop and sustain our attitudes to mental health through the Eco-capabilities project. An exciting next step!
Our journey has involved us working with the Royal Ballet, developing the use of film through an Into Film club and partnering with the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds to experience the power of creative visual arts to enable and inspire our young people. Our staff have been involved in high quality professional development to support our amazing young people in this exciting ongoing journey.
Another key strand of our journey has been the focus on developing an aspiring creative environment for all of our learners. With support from the Bury Arts society, our children have been working with local artist, Alfie Carpenter, to create some fantastic murals for our school hall and our reception area.
Supported by the Arts Council and Anglian Learning, Howard Community Academy is the focus of a wider study with Cambridge University looking at the impact of the arts as a tool in school improvement.