Aidan Rooney Gold Unit 2: Part A

Leadership Project

My Project

“Hi students, this year, I thought it would be good if all the Arts Award students worked on a leadership project together and if it was something that could showcase the art work of every artist at the school. Do you have any ideas for what that could be?”
We talked about different things we could do and decided to create an art magazine. Melanie set up a meeting with a copy editor and publisher, Sue Tyley, who explained the process to us. We met ten times over the course of the year to discuss the project.

My Role in the Project: Head of Design and Finance Officer

All of the students working on this project helped with everything. I wrote content and came up with ideas for social media, but main job was Head of Design. I was also the finance officer for the magazine.

Leadership skills

These are the skills I wanted to develop with this leadership project:

  • Creating a design that showcases the work of everyone
  • Working with others to produce a final product
  • Managing others and delegating
  • Helping artists to be confident in their work.

Project Aims and Outcomes

The first meeting was with Sue Tyley, a copy editor and publisher who helped us to outline the process. The second was to decide roles after thinking about the first meeting. The third meeting was to create a vision statement which we did together and Melanie recorded on the board:

Goal: To create an Art Magazine to showcase the work of Treasure House students and other artists that will encourage people to make art of their own.

You can see all of the minutes of the Treasure Art Magazine Meetings here and they will be mentioned in Unit 2: section C.

What I will need from others

In the second meeting, we discussed who would be best in each role and this is what we decided:

  • Project Director and administrator – Melanie
  • Managing Editor – Kristin 
  • Head of Design – Aidan
  • Events Management – Savannah
  • Editorial Directors – Prince and Alice
  • Head of Research – Prince and Savannah
  • Social Media – Prince
  • Finance Officer – Kristin and Aidan
  • Head of Photography – Emily / Kristin

Judging the success of the project and monitoring progress

In the vision statement meeting, we also set the following measures of success:

Here are the ways that we will judge the success of the project. We also decided these as a group in the third meeting:

  • We complete the magazine by the end of the summer term
  • We involve every student in the school in the magazine and the events
  • We observe people reading the magazine at the launch party
  • We get positive feedback from the launch party
  • The magazine incorporates the ideas and personalities of everyone who works on it.

We will also give each other ongoing feedback by having fortnightly meetings

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