Tara Lopez identifies three key themes that have emerged so far from the four-year Vital Spark initiative… Last year, The Spark Arts for Children launched Vital Spark, a four-year programme with an ambitious aim: to address the lack of diversity in the children’s arts sector. When it launched, I wrote an article in this magazine exploring some of our… Continue reading Arts Professional Article #2
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When I think about the arts sector I am reminded that we, for so much of the time, are one big echo chamber. Too often we’re discussing diversity in relations to the time and space within which we operate - taking the conversations from where we are as a sector rather than where we are… Continue reading The sector: A room with no windows
I’ve had a number of conversations with people about controversies exposed via social media or the news and the thing that quite often surprises people is that, regardless of how I ‘feel’ about the incident in question my overriding emotion is not shocked or angry, it’s glad. Glad that it’s reached a level of national… Continue reading Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.
Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story. As a child of mixed race, I remember my mum handing ethnicity data forms back to my school, saying, “There’s no box for my daughter so I won’t be completing this.”… Continue reading A Vital Contribution
Is it ever too soon to start thinking about the legacy or exit strategy of a funded project? We work in a sector where funding can be taken away faster than it’s given and where nothing is permanent. But when projects are in place to support and enrich peoples live – sometimes to provide essential,… Continue reading Do our funding patterns halt diversity?
Recently, I was asked to introduce myself to the children's art sector through a network called Assitej UK. Here's what I had to say... 'My fondest memories of ‘art’ are of dancing in the kitchen to a mix of reggae, funk and R&B with my family on a Sunday afternoon. This early love of dancing… Continue reading Introducing myself to the children’s sector…