February – Since my January meeting with Alan I had been to meet the Director of Education at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Director of Arts Connect West Midlands, which is one of the Arts Council Bridge organisations.
These organisations were set up in 2012 to provide a direct ‘bridge’ between the work of arts and cultural organisations and young people. Their aim is to help more young people to access quality arts experiences, no matter what their financial or social backgrounds may be. It is a real privilege to be able to speak to these sorts of people. They were both incredibly positive and gave me some really helpful advice. It is also useful to learn about what kind of jobs there are available in the sector and how exactly certain departments are run. The more people I speak to, the more excited I get about future career ideas – as with Alan, their knowledge and experience of the sector is invaluable and very motivating.