PDP and the Arts Award

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PDP has been invited to run the Bronze Arts Awards with pupils  at  Castle View school in Essex. Great News!

I am Gold Arts award trained and have found Arts Award training very useful in focusing project ideas  and by often attending conferences, I can to stay up to date with the progress of the arts award development.  It is now receiving attention in Europe and America, which broadens the scope of PDP’s possibilities.

The Arts Award is very much about the in-depth understanding of craft, the arts sector and the business of arts management. PDP is a very flexible project with a menu of workshop exercises from beginner to masterclass levels. It is able to do this because its frame work focuses on pedagogy enabling everyone involved to enter a theme, social issue and creativity from where they are at in that moment in time, regardless of age or political involvement and awareness.

The Poetic Debaters Project is perfect for Arts Award training as it offer the fusion between  literature, performance and education through creativity. The research element of the PDP program explores important events in world history and the heroes and heroines who have influenced it to date.

The creativity in PDP is about re-imagining how art can bring about positive change in the lives of those who participate and the audiences who hear their work and how to create platforms for more events like PDP with PDP ethos at its core – truth-seeking through culture and creativity.

There is also a skills and knowledge sharing between pupils/participants as they acknowledge each others strengthsArts-Award-Club and weakness as researcher/writer/performer/debater and encourages them to work together as team to build a strong representation of perspectives and points of view.

PDP is much about gathering, documenting and transforming information into creativity encouraging critical thinking, re-imagining and innovation. The Poet coaches are project developers and bloggers in their own right and understand the need for documenting processes of creativity and the value of reflection in the midst of strategic career and vocational progression. Even in the arts you want a promotion!

I was invited to be a guest writer about my experiences as an artist and how the Arts Award fits well with my practice as an arts educator.
Click for my article and the Arts Awards website.

I look forward to it.
– Zena
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