Christina Birt, head of creative learning

 1 August 2012

Christina has worked in arts education at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and aims to go freelance as an arts education consultant.

"Follow your passions, believe in yourself, and do what you are good at."


I was born and brought up in London. I now live in Suffolk.

What job do you do?

I work in arts education. I've worked as head of creative learning at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

I am aiming to go freelance as an arts education consultant, developing education plans for other arts organisations.  I will be working with the Arts Council on Artsmark amongst other projects.

What previous jobs have you done?

I was a ballet teacher and set up a dance school at the Battersea Arts Centre when I was 18 years old.

I taught dance for 10 years. I also worked at Arts Council England, and have been an education manager for several dance organisations including Greenwich Dance Agency and the Royal Opera House

In these jobs, I was responsible for creating opportunities for people to take part in dance. I had to help develop new audiences for dance, finding fun and interesting ways for people to engage with dance.

Whilst working for Norfolk and Norwich Festival I had a great few years creating opportunities for children in schools to take part in the arts.

What qualifications do you have? 

I am a qualified dance teacher with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing

I have a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies and an MA in Cultural Leadership.

"Find an organisation or art form that interests you, and learn as much as you can about it."

What do you do at work?

I develop ideas for new ways people can take part in the arts. 

I send emails and facilitate meetings. I write reports so other people know about the great work we're doing. I organise budgets to make sure we spend the right amount of money on the best things. 

I also try to find out what other people think of us and our work, and think about how to improve what we are doing and make it even better.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I love helping make other people’s lives better by providing them with the life-changing experiences art can bring. 

It's all about helping to make the world a better place, bringing fulfilment to people’s lives, and helping others see that art can bring meaning and wellbeing to life.

How do I get into music?

Follow your passions, believe in yourself, and do what you are good at.

Find an organisation or art form that interests you, and learn as much as you can about it.  Volunteer to work there.

Get a qualification to show that you have relevant knowledge and skills. Find a mentor or someone who can help support you in reaching your goal. Be self-disciplined, and follow your dream! 

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