THE increasing links between Thurrock and the national creative arts scene and the need for young people to embrace it were highlighted at Wednesday (26 March) evening’s meeting of the council.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of the Council and education portfolio holder was introducing his portfolio report and explained how the exciting and expanding creative arts opportunities should be used to stimulate a hunger for learning among the boroughs students of all ages.
He said: “We have been clear that improving literacy and numeracy is a top priority for schools and have been supporting them in doing this, but we also know that inspiration to write well needs to come from lively and creative minds.
“Over the past year the council has been working closely with the Royal Opera House and the Arts Council to develop a cultural entitlement so that every single child in Thurrock will grow up with a great understanding and love for music, dance, theatre, literature and film.”
He said: “With the Royal Opera House’s increasing presence in Thurrock, combined with the Back Stage Centre’s input, the 50 artist studios at High House and the news that the Purfleet Centre Regeneration is moving forward with its exciting plans for television and film studios this is more than an entitlement for local young people – it should be an expectation and, perhaps more simply, a genuine part of everyday Thurrock life.
“We already have over 20 arts organisations signed up to support the programme and 19 schools are lined up to be the pathfinders for the first year of delivery.”