Lucie and Ashleigh shares some useful resources and good reads for learning, engagement and participation professionals.

June 4, 2021
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Ashleigh Hibbins

Access and inclusion

This charter, recently launched by the Mayor of London, is a must read for any of you looking to be more dementia friendly.

In this blog shared by Arts Council England, Nina Simon (whose books The Participatory Museum and The Arts of Relavance are a must read) reflects on tools that support you be more inclusive and relevant.

Also from Arts Council England, check out this new online community for teachers and creative practitioners to help embed creativity across the curriculum.

More cultural organisations are incorporating audio self-descriptions into their event or meeting introductions to make them inclusive for visually-impaired participants. But what are they and why should you use them? Vocaleyes have recently published a useful guide.

Arts and Health

Are you interested in social prescribing? Check out this myth busting guide from Culture on Prescription.

Helpful resources and toolkits

Our friends at Inc Arts have recently launched Unlock, an anti-racism toolkit for the cultural sector which includes over 100 actions organisations can take to tackle inequality. Find out more and register here.

Sector events and news

Our pals at the Arts Marketing Association are hosting an online Digital Skills Day on 10 June for small and medium-sized cultural organisations looking to better engage their audiences. Best of all, it’s completely free to register.

Dardishi Festival, 18-27 June 2021: Brought to you by the Glasgow-based community arts collective Dardishi, this pay-what-you-can ten-day online festival led by Arab and North African women and gender minorities invites attendees to explore, learn, imagine, and rest together.

Kids in Museums have recently published their top 10 Best Museums for Kids, as chosen by families. Take a look at the list here.

...and speaking of winners, the Museums + Heritage Awards have recently published the nominees for 2021. There are some new pandemic-specific categories including COVID Special Recognition Award and COVID Supplier of the Year. The winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony on 1 July 2021.

Featured in the June 2021 edition of The Learning Diaries. Aimed at those working in learning, engagement or participation in the cultural sector, this newsletter shares updates from our team on sector events, ideas from some of our projects and links to new research. To receive The Learning Diaries, visit the sign up page.