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

This panel discussion, presented in partnership with Google Arts & Culture and their Connected to Culture playbook, was recorded live on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Chaired by Tiina Hill, Senior Manager for the Digital Culture Network, Arts Council England and featuring panellists:

  • Malakaï Sargeant – Associate Director, Theatre Peckham
  • Adel Al-Salloum – Director, The Spark Arts for Children
  • Cliff Manning – Research and Development Director, Parent Zone

They came together to discuss:

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

For tips, tools and inspiring examples designed to help your organisation continue your artistic and cultural programmes online, we invite you to check out the Connected to Culture playbook at

Additional resources and links

Malakaï Sargeant – Associate Director, Theatre Peckham

Malakaï’s website: Learn more about Malakai’s work with Theatre Peckham, BORN::FREE and Sour Lemons.

Theatre Peckham’s Lockdown and Me Podcast: Brings together young creatives, artists and members of Theartre Peckham’s community to share their feelings, fears and hopes for a future post social isolation.

Theatre Peckham’s Final Drafts programme 2020: Read and watch the work of the most recent winners of Theatre Peckham’s writing competition for 14-21 year-olds.

Adel Al-Salloum – Director, The Spark Arts for Children

Creating Community in a Digital World : Case study focusing on how The Spark took their annual festival online in 2021.

Cliff Manning – Research and Development Director, Parent Zone

More Than Robots: Cliff’s newsletter about youth/digital/inclusion research resources & opportunities.

UKCIS Digital Resilience Working Group’s Digital resilience framework: Designed to provide a simple process for organisations to assess for themselves whether different types of environments, content, online services and policies support, or hinder, digital resilience.

Parent Zone’s “Ollee”: Mental health support for children 8-11 and their parents/carers.

About 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 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.

Further Support

The Digital Culture Network is here to support you and your organisation. Our Tech Champions can provide free 1-2-1 support to all arts and cultural organisations who are in receipt of, or eligible for, Arts Council England funding. If you need help or would like to chat with us about any of the advice we have covered above, please get in touch. Sign up for our newsletter below and follow us on Twitter @ace_dcn for the latest updates.

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