High-Profile Artists at Ambassadors’ Conference –
12th July 2017
On Wednesday 12th July, around 100 of our ambassadors from schools in the Midlands and London travelled to the Business Design Centre in Central London for our inaugural Ambassadors’ Conference: a celebration of their involvement with our DCLG-funded Switch Off Prejudice programme.
The students, all aged between 13 and 16, were among the first to have taken part in Switch Off Prejudice and showcased their own social media campaigns promoting social causes (see below). Acclaimed spoken-word artists Dean Atta and Vanessa Kisuule and vlogger Grace Victory were special guests at the event – leading workshops with the students and performing for them in the afternoon and the Trust’s Honorary Life President, co-founder and Holocaust Survivor Dr Eva Schloss MBE told students her story, followed by a Q&A.
“Grace’s honest and forthright approach when it comes to talking about mental health, childhood trauma and eating disorders has won her an army of fans” The Children’s Society
“One of the UK’s finest poets” Time Out
“Her clever, complex and cutting style makes her a favourite of the UK scene.” The Poetry Society
In 2016 the Anne Frank Trust commissioned polling company Survation to conduct research among over a thousand 11-16 year olds across the UK about their exposure to and experience of online hate-speech.
The findings are helping to inform a new digital strategy that will ultimately underpin all the Trust’s educational activity
You can read the research findings in full here.
NASUWT Arts and Minds 2017 Arts Competition
Background to the competition
The NASUWT Arts & Minds Competition is a major UK-wide competition that has been running successfully for over ten years. Its aim is to promote and celebrate cultural diversity. Hundreds of entries are received each year from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK.
The Competition is a great opportunity to discuss and explore diversity and community cohesion with students, using art and creative writing.Over the years, schools have been extremely creative in their entries, submitting poems, stories, digital artwork, photography and collages.Teachers have incorporated the Competition into their lessons across the curriculum, including history, humanities, literacy, art and citizenship, as well as school projects.
Arts & Minds Competition: 2017
The Competition challenges children and young people to use art and creative writing to explore themes of cultural diversity, race, equality and identity. Entries should reflect the Competition’s aims to promote cultural diversity and equality and tackle racism in schools. TV presenter Gok Wan will again be choosing the overall winner.
This category includes all forms of creative writing, e.g. stories, poetry and lyrics. Working with our partners at the Anne Frank Trust UK, we also have a separate category for The Anne Frank Poetry Award for poems inspired by the life and writing of Anne Frank
This category covers all entries of artwork using a variety of media, including photography, digital artwork (excluding film and animation) and collages. Students should be encouraged to be as creative as possible but keep within the Competition Guidelines.
Prizes include up to £1,000 for each school and vouchers worth up to £100 for individual pupils.
Tickets for a popular London tourist attraction before the ceremony will also be provided.
The Anne Frank Poetry Award will be presented for a poem inspired by Anne Frank’s writing. A bronze bust of Anne Frank will be awarded to the pupil’s school for one year. The pupil will receive a prize of books and vouchers.
Prizes will be awarded to the best entries from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the following categories:
Primary: up to the age of 11;
Secondary: up to the age of 16;
Special: designated special school or unit.
The winners will be invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony in Central London, which will be held during Black History Month on 11 October 2017. The NASUWT will provide overnight accommodation at a top London hotel and appropriate travel and subsistence expenses for winning pupils, their parent/guardian and a teacher. Please note that for group entries a small number of pupils will be invited to represent the group.
The Anne Frank Trust is at this years York Festival of Ideas!
Free Anne Frank; A History for Today Exhibition
Monday 5 June to Sunday 11 June 2017, 8am to 10pm
- Free admission
- JB Morrell Library, University of York (map)
Join us for an exhibition on the life of Anne Frank. By placing the complex historical events of the Holocaust against the backdrop of the life of one inspirational young person, the exhibition enables us to grasp the human consequences of persecution and war.
It covers themes such as Anne Frank’s diary and the history of the Frank family, the introduction of the Nazi racist state, the victims and appalling consequences of the Holocaust, and the deliberate and organised nature of genocide.
The exhibition challenges us to think about how these issues are relevant today and what we can do to prevent prejudice and discrimination.
To find out more, please click here.