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The Curious Kitbag For Start-ups

posted by Curious Minds, on 4 April 2014

Curious Minds is passionate about supporting complete beginner grassroots arts organisations to better develop. We are keen for North West arts Start Ups to successfully fulfil their creative ambitions and better engage children and young people across the North West region. Curious Minds are currently developing the ‘Curious Kitbag’ for start-ups package which comprises an

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Artsmark – A Strength Based Approach

posted by Curious Minds, on 23 January 2014

“I think it’s amazing how much we do and how we hard we work to promote confidence in our pupils”

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The Trials and Tribulations of Tailoring

posted by Dave Muir, on 18 November 2013

Between May and October of this year I was tasked with co-ordinating an Arts Award ‘Participation Day’ for Merseyside. This day involved groups of young people from schools around Merseyside coming together to work with arts and cultural professionals to complete a large chunk of a Bronze Arts Award in one day! In total 83

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Mid Pennine Arts Say Farewell To David Smith

posted by Curious Minds, on 10 October 2013

David has generated a uniquely rich network of schools, educators and artists during his 13 years with MPA, nurturing countless creative learning projects that have inspired teachers, children and young people across Pennine Lancashire and beyond

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Blown Away By Melody

posted by Dave Muir, on 9 October 2013

I went to see 20 stories high’s ‘Melody loses her Mojo’ on its opening night at the Liverpool Playhouse and took my 14-year-old son Ben. Just a cellist and beat boxer providing vocal and instrumental music and sound effects, with a beautiful harmonisation with Melody at one point. But it was the sharp, poetic dialogue

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DaDaFest’s Arts Award Journey With Alder Hey

posted by Dave Muir, on 9 October 2013

Curious Minds have been working in partnership with DaDaFest on a project working with Alder Hey Hospital to develop and deliver a range of high quality visual arts workshops to children and young people (aged 4-19 years) in hospital care, for whom disability or poor health form a significant barrier to engagement. Some of the

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From Lodge House to Habergham Mill – Curious Minds, Memories and Futures

posted by Dave Muir, on 27 September 2013

This week we moved from our home at Lodge House, Burnley after nearly 5 years into our wonderful new home at Habergham Mill. Today we held our first meeting at Habergham Mill with the team from Ground Up Burnley. Even after a day our new home was being used for exactly what we’re all about.

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Caz Making The Music Mark

posted by Dave Muir, on 5 September 2013

I was recently asked to speak at the Music Mark conference – the theme of the conference was the importance of partnerships within music education. Since I’m no music specialist per se (unless you count the record contract I was once issued for the publishing rights to one self-penned children’s song about belly buttons –

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An Artsmark Adventure

posted by Dave Muir, on 5 September 2013

We asked Jackson Kavanagh from as creatives to write a little piece about working with Curious Minds and helping schools achieve Artsmark. Here’s Jackson’s thought’s: An Artsmark Adventure It had been a while since we’d worked with Curious Minds – but we bumped into each other at various events, and, sharing many of the same values and

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