People United are launching two brand new resources to support young people to achieve Arts Awards with an arts and kindness theme.
We are delighted to launch Discovering Kindness and Exploring Kindness at a time when more and more young people are engaging in social action movements such as the #iwill campaign and youth climate action. Generation Z are already determined to bring together our divided society, and these logbooks will support young people to achieve Arts Awards in Discover and Explore through creative projects which have kindness and humanity at the core.
81% of school pupils want their school to do more to help them participate in social action
– Generation Change
The first resource is titled Discovering Kindness and encourages young people to thinking about how artists can make work which helps people, places and the world. The second resource, Exploring Kindness, introduces young people to creating a bespoke arts and kindness project of their own. The resources guide the user through Arts Award Discover and Explore respectively, with spaces to draw, reflect and plan. Key findings from our 2017 research report ‘Changing the World through Arts & Kindness’ evidenced that participatory artistic interventions can increase self-efficacy, kindness intentions and empathy. Making these the ideal tool for teachers, community workers, artists and anyone working with young people to guide participation, creation, research and reflection on socially impactful arts practices.
To create these logbooks our Creative Programmes Coordinator, Becky, worked closely with a youth group called Chill Club in Newington, Ramsgate. Led by the group’s interests Becky would visit the group to facilitate art making, conversations and reflection activities. Using sketch books, the group recorded their ideas and progress, working with Becky to consider how their projects could be socially mindful.
One young person, Annelyse, decided her Exploring Kindness project would help local homeless people, so she tie-dyed and embroidered tote bags which will be filled with essentials like toiletries and blankets.
Annelyse’s work was inspired by Sarah Corbett
The arts and kindness logbooks offer flexibility, there is room young people to think about kindness through the lens of social action or to take the opportunity to consider kindness on a more personal level. For example, Abi, used her Exploring Kindness project as an opportunity to create a collage with a positive message on for her to look at every day and support her mental wellbeing.
People United asked artist Jan Wheatley to join the project to take onboard the group’s experiences and co-design the logbooks with their voices at the heart. Jan took the time to talk to the young people on a one-to-one basis, asking to hear from them about the activities which inspired them most and which artist’s work they’d like to highlight for other young people to discover. Bailey found out about Banksy through an artist’s Top Trumps game, he said “Banksy hides his face like my favourite DJ Marshmello…this made me think about why you would want to be famous but still protect your identity, and how this was maybe being kind to yourself.”
The group also helped to design the look and feel of the resources, creating the letters for the title, making diagrams and drawings to be included, as well as being drawn themselves by Jan so that their advice could be illustrated.
We have 100 printed copies of each resource log book to give away. To request yours simply email [email protected] with the title ‘Arts Award Logbooks’ and let us know how many you’d like. Alternatively, you can download the resources free of charge to print at home here.
Bailey’s work was inspired by Marshmello DJ & Banksy
For more information visit our Arts Award blogs.