stART – an Arts Association
stART is a loose association which exists to promote the work of the Arts Development Managers working at village colleges in South Cambridgeshire. Currently, the following schools have Arts Development Managers:
- Comberton Village College and Cambourne Village College (shared ADM post)
- Sawston Village College
- Swavesey Village College
Values and Goals
stART has the following artistic and social goals:
Artistic: To increase levels of involvement in the arts by:
- Attracting more professional arts activity into South Cambridgeshire.
- Supporting the amateur arts sector in South Cambridgeshire.
- Supporting the development of creative talent in South Cambridgeshire.
Social: To improve and sustain the quality of life for the people of South Cambridgeshire by:
- Bringing communities together
- Building identity
- Enriching lives
- Encouraging vitality and well-being
- contributing to living well together
- fostering intergenerational relationships
- contributing to the local economy
The ADMs’ links to Village Colleges help open up spaces for community use and enjoyment, from comedy nights at Comberton to film nights in Sawston.
ADMs offer activities to engage and support young people with festivals, holiday activities, formal accreditation through Arts Award and developing and showcasing talent, as well as creating links to arts and creative industry employers.
ADMs provide employment opportunities for local creative professionals. Additionally they offer volunteering opportunities and accredited training for those wishing to develop their skills to work in the cultural and leisure industry.
ASPIRE 2 is a short film which was conceived, written and scripted by pupils at Sawston Village College, working in partnership with professional film-maker, Simon Panrucker, and supported by the Arts Development Manager. The result is an exceptional film of which everyone who was involved is justifiably proud. South Cambridgeshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society supported this project.