Creative Margins Manchester: Luggage Tags

  • Social curiosity
  • A better understanding of the reality of the youth sector, and create time and capacity for conversation and partnership
  • Workforce reflective of community
  • Provide the magic
  • Advice and knowledge from the experts and an understanding of yp needs
  • To realise that their language of aesthetics is only one among many languages
  • Time outside of ‘projects’ to get to know each other
  • Allowed to take risks
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of how you help them and young people meet their aims
  • Preparation time, training – built in and paid for – understanding each other’s values/ ethics
  • Need to value the contributions of young people and want to work with them
  • Financial support! Time to build meaningful bonds of trust
  • Resources built in for relationship building
  • Resources partnerships
  • Need to value the experience and value of working with young people that youth organisations have.
  • Relevance
  • Listen, disturb, disrupt, listen
  • Time and trust
  • Payment and time to talk to the young people about what they want
  • Find the “right fit” with partnerships – groups are out there and crying out for creative interventions
  • Financial investment – an understanding from the as to the meaning of why they do what they do
  • Make the language and terminology accessible

What are the right conditions for effective, creative collaborations with young people?

  • Honesty
  • Trusted, safe, plenty of inspiration
  • Trust
  • Feed them
  • Creating a safe space and room to be yourself
  • Safe spaces – take the art to them!
  • When you say you’re gonna listen – you LISTEN!
  • They start with young people, in their space, when THEY CALL OUT
  • Both sides willing and open to learn
  • A willingness to share power. Not having a set idea of outcomes. Trust for young people + what they’re capable of.
  • Keep it fun and positive
  • Good food, good space, good + consistent (wakers/waters?!)
  • Creating an environment where young people can shape, design, inform, change, have “genuine” ownership of the project/ work
  • Welcoming and open environments
  • Respect, safe, flexible, freedom, opportunity to take control/ lead direction of project
  • Lots of time – pizza helps!
  • A benign space of affirmation
  • Mutual respect, for the young people to feel creative autonomy
  • Trust, respect, enjoyment, food

What does marginalised mean?

  • Excluded
  • Systemic barriers which prevent the engagement of people due to characteristics or circumstance which isn’t their fault
  • On the fringes – unable to participate due to economic and social circumstance
  • !Hard to reach?!
  • ‘Marginalised’ means being pushed out, ignored and treated with contempt
  • Lack of voice, control and visibility
  • Across a margin
  • Not having an automatic place at the table
  • Outside
  • To be disempowered and then held in contempt for your powerlessness
  • An easy way to describe someone we don’t understand
  • Left out, devalued, patronized, disempowered
  • Invisible, ignored
  • Othering

What does the youth sector need to be able to work effectively with artists?

  • Clear and non jargon explanations and descriptions
  • Understand the process is more than just the ‘Arts’
  • Funding to be able to engage the artists and pay them appropriately
  • Capacity! Full appreciation and understanding of their skills and expertise. To be involved in initiating projects and not just seen as gatekeepers.
  • To exist, to be recognised as important, to be valued as having a different yet complementary role to artists
  • Hold spaces, groups, lives
  • Access to creative networks, what’s out there, how can we cross collaborate
  • Social curiosity
  • Budget, time, quality provision
  • Open mind – but with a side of practical planning.
  • Preparation time conversations led by young people, a willingness to take risks
  • Budget to support y.p’s access needs
  • Money, trust the artist, space, need to revalue the arts and see it as important

Tell us about boundaries and what they mean in a partnership between an arts and youth sector organisation.

  • Money – trust – power
  • “Results” led delivery, what’s a good “session”, a good “result”
  • The distinction between two different orgs being able to contribute different but converging things – financial, emotional, creative etc
  • Respect
  • Understanding + respect of+ for where each other’s expertise start and finish
  • Money, relationships, safeguarding
  • Different yet equal
  • A clear understanding of each other
  • They are not always real and certainly not made in stone
  • Boundaries acquire meaning through the process, points of separation and points of exchange.

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