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Connected to Culture LIVE: Online creativity and safety with young people

Engagement in arts and culture supports young people’s social development and wellbeing, but for many organisations responding to the pandemic has meant quickly adapting offline activities to online, creating new digital programmes and engaging and communicating with young people digitally. This new digital landscape presents many opportunities for young people to express themselves and engage creatively, but also presents challenges around safety and protection. In this session we will explore lessons learnt and how in a new digital climate we can find balance between protection, safety and participation.

We will discuss challenges around supporting expression and meaningful engagement while also keeping young people safe online, particularly at a time when they continue to be physically isolated from teachers, peers and mentors. We will touch on ways to connect with young people based on where and how they want to engage and hear from organisations that are successfully working with and empowering our future digital leaders and changemakers.

Join us for this conversation where we will explore:

  • Risks and safety online – balancing protection and participation
  • Engaging and empowering young people through digital
  • Lessons learned in 2020 and informing future online spaces

Chaired by Owen Hopkin (Director, Audience Insight and Innovation, Arts Council England) with panellists to be announced soon. Keep up to date on Twitter @ace_dcn.

We are pleased to be collaborating with our friends at Google Arts & Culture to deliver these events, who will be talking through their online resource – Connected to Culture. This has tips, tools and inspiring examples designed to help your organisation continue your artistic and cultural programmes online.

These conversations are presented as part of a series. Watch previous sessions here

What is Google Arts & Culture?

Google Arts & Culture is a non-profit initiative that works with cultural institutions and artists around the world. Their mission is to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere. It is available for free for everyone on the web, on iOS and Android. Find out more here.

Can I book a place?

This webinar is presented as part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. Free places are available for anyone who works with or for a publicly funded arts and cultural organisation and for those currently in receipt of or usually eligible for Arts Council funding.

We would be very pleased to book a BSL interpreter upon request so please get in touch  on or request the booking at registration. We ask you give a minimum of 10 days’ notice where possible.

Can I ask questions?

Absolutely! You will be able to ask questions using the chat function during the conversation.

Can I receive 1-2-1 support?

The Digital Culture Network is part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. We have a team of 9 Tech Champions across the country, who can provide free 1-2-1 support in a range of areas including digital strategy development, websites, social media, data analytics, digital content creation, SEO and paid marketing, CRM, box office and ticketing systems and email marketing. This support is available for those currently funded by or usually eligible for Arts Council England funding. You can indicate whether you would like to be contacted by a Tech Champion as part of the sign-up process.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about your eligibility.

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Please email us on or for more information about the Digital Culture Network. To request free one-to-one support from a Tech Champion visit or find us on Twitter @ace_dcn.


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