Lighting the Fire- Symposium
Inspiring Arts & Creativity in Early Years
Friday 26 May 1pm - 3pm at Attenborough Arts Centre
This event is now SOLD OUT.
Lighting the Fire will be an opportunity to share experiences, perspectives and insights on how we can create opportunity for children to thrive through arts and creative practices.
Arts and creative experiences are a fundamental part of early childhood. In times of austerity how do we protect them, how do we develop opportunity and support leadership in the early yeas and cultural sector? Lighting the Fire will be an opportunity to share experiences, perspectives and insights on how we can create opportunity for children to thrive through arts and creative practices.
This half day Symposium will be facilitated by Rhona Matheson of Starcatchers as part of The Spark Festival. Starcatchers has been pioneering approaches to engaging with and making work for the 0-5 age group since 2006. Their 10-year journey of exploration has been a catalyst for the development arts and creativity for Early Years in Scotland where the transformational power of the arts is now recognised across sectors as being a key part of early childhood experiences.
Starcatchers works with the arts, education, health, and Third sectors offering a range of performances and engagement programmes to support our youngest and often most vulnerable children.
This discussion will consider the broad range of challenges and questions we face as we work toward developing Arts and Early Years in our own communities:
- Why should we be interested in this work?
- As an artist, how do you approach making this work?
- As an Early Years practitioner, how do you use arts in your practice?
- Can we create a network of artists, Early Years practitioners, venues, libraries and others who will champion an arts-based approach?