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Culture Changes Lives

Find Your Talent North Somerset has created a report which highlights the successes of the pathfinder to date, and outlines the focus for its third and final year.

5th May 2010

The North Somerset pathfinder’s mission of finding new ways of engaging young people with culture has created rich seams of opportunity in North Somerset.

At its core is the belief that developing young people’s aspiration, motivation and self esteem is the key to the learning that can change lives.

Engagement with culture in its widest sense unlocks potential and empowers change.

43,275 opportunities in cultural projects taken up by children and young people in North Somerset since September 2009.

As the only pilot in the South West, Find Your Talent has brought national focus to an area that had very little in the way of cultural provision.

40 cultural partners including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rambert Dance, National Portrait Gallery, Watershed and the Arnolfini bring new ways of looking and thinking that broaden horizons and minds.

Find Your Talent created the impetus and, crucially, half the funding for our “Arts and Minds” project which in turn has produced some of the best ever CPD for staff and memorable experiences for children - both of which are having a real and sustainable impact on the quality of learning throughout the school.’

Mike Scriven - Headteacher, Portishead Primary School

For more information read the Culture Changes Lives document.