Minerva Youth Theatre achieves first Gold Arts Award!
Chester based youth theatre, Minerva Arts has achieved their first ever Gold Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification. Two of their members, Lloyd and Kate have accomplished the highest level, which is the same standard as an A-Level and worth 35 UCAS points.
Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Through working towards an award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.
Lloyd who achieved the Gold Arts Award said ‘The opportunity to get an Arts Award was one of the main reasons why I decided to come to Minerva. It’s great to have taken part in so many shows and learnt so much and have a national qualification to show for it’.
Lloyd is now an ex-member and is undertaking a paid work placement at Minerva Arts through the Trailblaze programme which is a regional initiative.
Artistic Director of Minerva Arts Steph Brocken explains that ‘Arts Award is a really important part of what we offer at Minerva Youth Theatre as it enables our young people to be able to gain something tangible in reward for the hard work that they put in. Arts Award also helps us to build the leadership skills of our young people and demonstrates our commitment to developing the cultural leaders of the future.’
The youth theatre is currently open to anyone aged 11-18 and meet every Wednesday evening 7-9pm at the Kingsway Campus, University of Chester. The group work towards two public performances per year, varying from traditional, scripted shows to devised work created by the group themselves.
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