You have a concept that everyone is excited about. You have a plan that feels solid. You have confidence in your partner and feel that you have the basis for a strong working relationship.

Now may be a good time to take a moment and check that you haven't forgotten anything.

Have you..

  • Lined up the resources? Money, time, people…
  • Organised a project coordinator (within the school) who has the mandate and time to organise project meetings and logistics?
  • Ensured that the school principal understands and is supportive of the project?
  • Ensured that the partners and students are on board with a concept that they feel is strong, challenging and inspiring?
  • Developed a plan for how to integrate the project into the curriculum, timetable and school priorities?
  • Confirmed artist/s availability for the project duration?
  • Made key staff at the school (and arts organisation) aware of the project and have appropriate staff been invited to participate?
  • Drawn up a detailed project plan which includes drivers, concept, a professional learning session, regular meetings, budget, curriculum plans, roles and responsibilities, timeline etc?
  • Identified a realistic number of participants?
  • Booked rooms and other working spaces
  • Ensured appropriate police or working with children checks for artists?
  • Ensured artists are covered by public liability (either their own, school's or arts organisation's)
  • Introduced the artist/s to their new workplace - the staffroom, classrooms, toilets, protocols, people?
  • Developed a project documentation and evaluation plan?

If you have done all of this then you are well on your way to a satisfying and successful partnership. If you haven't - don't sweat (yet). Partnerships take time and energy, but thankfully they are never just a solo effort.


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