ARTS AWARD ROLL OUT
The Boston Cadets have been using their participation in the programme to work towards their Bronze Arts Award. This was the first time that the Cadets and Police staff working with them had heard of or engaged with Arts Award and they have embraced the Award and its value for young people. Six cadets are currently taking the Award and two of the Cadet trainers, PC Martyn Chambers from Boston Police and Peter Hunn, Principal Community Safety Officer from Boston Borough Council, have been trained as Arts Award Advisors.
Feedback from County Cadet corps has been positive and Boston will continue to share their work as it progresses with other corps. The PCC has also expressed an interest having seen the Graffiti work at the Anniversary event. This is great unexpected feedback at this stage in the work.
Local artists Katie Smith and Dave Briggs of Creative Communities have developed an online platform to support the Cadets undertaking Arts Award. Creative Communities is a new Boston based not for profit organisation that helps communities, individuals and organisations create social and economic good by bringing together creativity and technology
In order to maintain momentum and interest as the Cadets progress through the award Katie and Dave developed a simple private online space. Each element of the award has its own page with background information and guidance on it. This includes text, pictures, videos, documents to download, etc.
Arts Award is ongoing and we will be supplemented with Go Sees in January and February and cultural programming in February and March.