The A in STEAM – Arts Education

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My creative week has encompassed meetings with a playwright exploring 6 new projects which are each in commercial development, an inspiring concert with 4 cabaret bands and over 40 performers offering their celebration of contemporary music, a showcase of a cabaret artist on her way to Edinburgh and a reading of a new piece of community musical theatre which could be scheduled to have 20+ productions across the UK next year.

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What are the arts so important to young people’s futures?

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I read an article on 18 January in the Evening Standard where Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, talked at Davos of the “crisis of the middle class”, exploring where current Brexit and populism-fueled politics were squeezing out the middle class. This generated three reactions for me – two relating to the arts and one to a cross-party government policy.

Calais – my tears and my anger

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I’m on a posh train, can’t find my seat, standing in floods of tears, too tired to walk the ten coaches or so to find my place. That feels a fitting end to a week where I have been in Calais to try and support my friends, daughter Anna and her partner Jonny as they weather the disinformation and mess which has come from the clearance of the Jungle.