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A social media project for 15-19 year olds that represents a unique perspective on the arts in Birmingham.

Bright Space recruited 17 young people aged between 15-19yrs from Birmingham and the West Midlands to be the authors and editors of the Platform blog.

Over ten months the group received training, support and guidance from industry experts and creative professionals in multimedia journalism. The Platform journalists shaped the voice, content and direction of the Platform blog by attending, discussing, reviewing and examining the creative opportunities available to them and other young people in their city.

Platform amplified young people as unique, dynamic, cultural commentators who successfully communicated, inspired and engaged other young people.  Platform became a vehicle that cultural organisations, venues and promoters connected with to ensure their programming reflects the breadth and individuality of young people in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Project Platform ran from August 2010 – July2011

Project Platform was selected for a national campaign resource ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives – Fact’. This accolade demonstrates further recognition for Platform amongst youth arts professionals and the youth sector as a whole.

Supported by the voices and views of young people and endorsed by leading national and international arts, creative and cultural figures, ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives’ -  illustrates the real impact of participation in the arts and culture with, for and by young people.

You can see the Project Platform case study here http://www.enyan.co.uk/article/show/11671 You can also download the complete publication here http://artswork.org.uk/campaign-2011.

Amy Martin , Bright Space Creative Programmer and Platform Project Manager said: ‘This is fantastic news for our team of Platform journalists, who have worked so hard to produce a quality arts and culture blog for their peers. This recognition will provide a well earned legacy for the Platform project, which has grown in readership since its inception in 2010. I hope our inclusion in this resource will go some way to ensuring youth arts activities are given greater importance on a strategic level across the UK.’

Project Platform ran from August 2010 – July 2011 and was funded by CCE (Creativity, Culture & Education) devised and delivered by Amy Martin.