Carclew Youth Arts' Direction Statement 2013 - 2016
A message from the Chief Executive
For over 40 years Carclew Youth Arts has given the children of South Australia outstanding creative experiences. As those children grow up many of them take the step into a career in the arts. And Carclew is there to assist them along the way.
Many of South Australia’s performers, visual artists and arts managers can trace their early inspiration from some time spent with Carclew. As artists in the early stages of their careers many get support and assistance to build their professional futures.
Everyone at Carclew, from staff to volunteers and our dedicated Board and committee members, is here for the same reason: a belief in the right of every child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life as equal citizens in our society.
Our vision is that all South Australians have a rewarding and life long experience with the arts. Our philosophy is realised in our programs. We are committed to providing strong leadership in arts and cultural programs that are relevant to today’s children and emerging arts professionals, and to supporting work which demonstrates artistic vibrancy.
Our standards are unashamedly high – and we love what we do. We invite you to contact us.
Carclew’s Direction 2013 – 2016
All South Australians have a rewarding lifelong relationship with the arts.
Carclew Youth Arts leads the creative development of South Australian children, young people and early career artists through innovative arts programs and policy.
Goal One: Leadership
- Anticipate and create the future
- Enable innovative practice
- Position as a national and international benchmark organisation
- Advocate and influence policy
Goal Two: Relevance
- Involve children and young people in programming
- Deliver programs which are equitable and accessible
- Ensure programs reflect the contemporary practices of artists and arts educators
- Apply community arts and cultural development models
- Prioritise state and national strategies and policies
Goal Three: Artistic Vibrancy
- Connect programs with the wider community
- Demonstrate excellence of practice in all contexts
- Value artistic risk taking
- Value and support the development of our people
Goal Four: Accountability
- Maintain rigorous professional standards in governance, management and program delivery
Guiding Principles 2013-2016
A vibrant youth arts sector underpins a healthy, open, contemporary society. The future cultural, social, intellectual and economic wellbeing of South Australia depends on this.
Arts for learning
An arts rich childhood improves literacy, numeracy, social skills and personal development.
Arts for identity
Involvement in the arts helps children and young people develop confidence, a strong sense of identity and offers cultural expression and celebration.
Arts for future
Arts experiences contribute towards children and young people’s understanding of the cultural forces that help shape their world and provide tools to explore and express issues of relevance to them.
Arts for life
Arts experiences cultivate and nourish children and young people’s creative, intellectual and communication skills and capacities, enabling them to participate as contemporary Australian citizens.
Arts for all
It is the right of every child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31).
Arts for health and wellbeing
Engagement in the arts increases cognitive, social and personal skills for life, thus increasing wellbeing and health.