A big part of what we do at People United is about legacy. We are always asking the question – what happens after a commission or a project ends? How can we share what we’ve learnt?
When our Role Models artist commission finished last year – which involved connecting primary school pupils with care home residents to explore who they treasured in their lives through music, film, and performance – we wanted to share our findings with other schools. In particular because a lot of what we learnt was about values and character strengths – hot topics in schools right now – and how using the arts and creativity really can be an amazing and effective tool to teach about social, moral, cultural and spiritual values.
Inspired by the research results that showed us that after the commission the pupils had dramatically increased their knowledge of the arts, and significantly increased their kindness towards older people, we wanted to share what we had learned through a resource which would provide inspirational and practical ideas.
Following a huge amount of teacher consultation, our brand new resource Hunting for Treasure has been created. It’s free and celebrates our mission to create a more kind and caring society through the arts. It has three sections:
- 1. Guide & Inspire. The commission as inspiration.
- 2. Explore & Practice. Tried and tested arts-led and literacy-led activities ranging from role-play and poetry to music and filmmaking.
- 3. Challenge & Achieve. Role Model Challenges for pupils and teachers.
We hope it will support work around values in other schools – helping pupils to take risks, see a world outside the school gates, have their eyes opened to different art forms and reflect upon the best of humanity.