The trail we’ve left… step by step


Mostly as a note-to-self (and colleagues at King’s) I’ve collated together the coverage of the Step by Step report – something I wrote on the history of policy directed to arts engagement by children and young people since 1944.

Deborah Bull and I launched the report in Speaker’s House at the Palace of Westminster in January 2015 and have been trying to use it as the starting point for a better informed conversation about history and policy making.

Coverage and commentary:

Has Arts Council England lost its memory? Simon Tate in The Stage

New report on developing arts policy Artsmark Blog

Enquiry sheds light on “engagement gap” Liz Hill in Arts Professional

Etchasketch policy making? Mark Robinson at Thinking Practice

Policymakers should do more to encourage arts outside the classroom, report claims Georgia Snow in The Stage

And the report launch was mentioned by Kids In Museums, on The Space and Music Mark.

There were three blog responses from arts people on the Culture at King’s blog:

Response 1 by Marcus Davey (Roundhouse)

Response 2 by Kenneth Tharpe (The Place)

Response 3 by Dana Segal (What NextGen)

And a few places we managed to place articles:

Young people and the arts: lessons from 50 years of arts policy Deborah in The Guardian Culture Professionals Network

Lessons from the past Deborah in Arts Professional


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