Example Bronze Award programme:
A: provide information & support to extend existing arts participation, e.g. drama group, choir or playing an instrument, or encourage participation in partners’ groups, e.g. STYC
B: Attend rehearsals, performance & Q&A with cast & creatives for OUC production
C: Research, work with, shadow & interview an artist / producer / staff member whose role interests the participant
D: Share what they have learned with others, including supporting participants to create an original artwork themselves, & digitally capturing the passing on of their skills
Example Silver Award programme:
Unit 1 - Arts Practice and Pathways
A: plan an arts challenge
Plan the writing of a short opera (or scene from a full-length opera) in a small team, taking on challenging or unfamiliar roles, e.g. a composer of pop songs could write the vocal lines; a composer who had worked in more traditional classical forms could challenge themselves to use electronic techniques, or instruments from other parts of the world; a playwright or prose writer could write the story / libretto
B: implement and review the arts challenge
In the course of writing the opera, record the most challenging, enjoyable and surprising elements. What could you have done differently? What went well? How has implementing this project affected your own work? If you were to stage your opera, what would you need to think about? What would the challenges be?
C: review arts events
Attend performances by other opera and theatre companies
D: arts research
Attend workshops with performers, composers, librettists, shadow a performer during rehearsals and/or a technician during a get-in, meet staff at small and large arts companies, learn about different arts career pathways
Unit 2 - Arts Leadership
A: identify skills/qualities of a leader and plan a project to lead
The group might decide to run workshops on writing opera, or writing music and lyrics for the stage, or on structuring a story for the stage. They each identify the skills required and outcomes they would like.
B: plan the project
Decide who these workshops are aimed at, plan the content and delivery of the workshops, write budgets and timelines, promote workshops, including through digital platforms, social media etc.
C: deliver the project
Delivery of workshops, supported by other members of their Silver Award group who document their work. Also collect feedback from participants.
D: working effectively with others
Planning and delivering the workshops as a team, observing and supporting other teams, accommodating different views and skills of others
E: Review the project
Peer review from the rest of the group, analysis of participant feedback, and self-reflection on their own work.