Learning and Participation


Arts Award is a unique nationally recognised qualification which supports children to grow as artist, inspiring them to take part and connect in the wider arts world.

As a registered Arts Award Centre, The Old Town Hall offer bespoke Arts Award packages which can be delivered both at The Old Town Hall and in your school.

Discover is the introductory award. Children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. The Discover package can include the children attending a theatre performance, speaking with the actors, a workshop in school with a professional artist, and each child will have a log book recording their arts journey. Discover Arts Award can be tailored to suit a school's requirements.

Explore Arts Award is an Entry Level 3 qualification. Young people collect their arts experiences in an Explore Arts log book as they go along, recording what they find and enjoy. It is the perfect stepping stone from our introductory Discover award to the Level 1 qualification, Bronze Arts Award.

Here are some of the children's responses to their experience of Arts Award:

“I never knew architecture was art, now I want to find out who designed our school!" Seve, 9 years old.

"Going to the theatre was the best bit, I liked Flinn and the turtle prop was the best, I want to make that at home!" Chloe, 9 years old.

For further info about our Arts Award Packages, please email: OTHadmin@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 228090.

Arts Award Supporter

As a registered Arts Award Supporter we also offer activities, events, expertise and resources which can help and support young people working towards their Arts Awards. This can include:-
Theatre performances
Theatre tours
Viewing art exhibitions
Talks to arts professionals and those working in the industry
Workshops

The above activities can also support schools with their Arts Mark journey. For further information about Artsmark, visit www.artsmark.org.uk or email artsmark@artscouncil.org.uk

To find out how The Old Town Hall can help and support with Arts Award delivery or Arts Mark, please call 01442 228090 or email OTHadmin@dacorum.gov.uk

Royal Opera House Bridge logo ACE Arts Mark logo Logo for Trinity College London


Stressed, anxious or depressed? M-ASK is a new 12-week programme for young people, taking place at The Old Town Hall. M-ask uses theatre techniques to help those suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and other conditions affecting mental wellbeing. You don’t need any experience to take part, everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to the more experienced. To take part in this free programme - which is funded by Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire Public Health - you must be aged 11 or over and live within Dacorum borough.

For further information about the programme and how to book, please visit: www.dacorum.gov.uk/M-ASK or contact Active Communities Youth Officer Tracey Basnett on neighbourhood.action@dacorum.gov.uk with the subject ‘M-ASK’, or telephone 01442 228181.