Cultural Education and Innovation Partnerships

Arts and cultural organisations, schools, universities, businesses, local authorities and others are working together to overcome deep-rooted inequalities of access for children and young people.

Since 2015 The Mighty Creatives have invested in strategic, collaborative partnerships that have cultural education at their core. Through our investment programme The Cultural Life Fund, we have and continue to support collaborative, innovative partnerships. These partnerships aim to overcome the inequality of opportunity that many children and young people face when accessing a high-quality arts and cultural education. Our cultural education partnerships all have a shared vision to improve and sustain cultural education by designing, promoting and delivering a locally coordinated, joined-up, cultural offer.

Below is a brief introduction to some of this work. If you are interested in any of the work being carried out by the partnerships, do follow this interest up. Click on the links to contact the appropriate lead and get involved.

To complement the regional picture we have developed county maps which provide an overview of the local cultural education community and an insight into some of the socio-economic challenges which each county faces. These maps highlight all major and accredited museums, all Arts Council supported National Portfolio Organisations, all Artsmark schools and all Arts Award Centres and Supporters.


Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map

Derbyshire has three Cultural Education Partnerships: Amber Valley and Bolsover, Chesterfield and Derby City.

Black Shale is Amber Valley and Bolsover’s Partnership. Working with small cultural and grass-roots organisations they are building up a strong reputation for high-quality delivery of Arts Award in schools and professional development for the local cultural workforce. Contact: Platform Thirty 1.

Chesterfield’s Partnership is a small, grass-roots collaboration which began in Staveley and is broadening to work across Chesterfield. Working closely with local heritage organisations, businesses and schools this partnership is promoting cultural activity, utilising their local industrial heritage. Contact: Growth Activities.

Cultural Campus is the Cultural Education Partnership for Derby City. Supported by every Arts Council England NPO in the City. Cultural Campus is a programme which seeks to engage all Derby schools within a 45 minute radius of the City, offering Derby’s young people a chance to explore the City’s cultural offer. Contact: Derby Theatre.

Further investment has been made in Derbyshire’s Virtual Art School, which is working with the Derby Cultural Education Partnership and local artists. This is a collaborative partnership supporting looked after children and care leavers through the development of the Creative Mentoring scheme. Contact: Derbyshire’s Virtual School.

Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire and Rutland's Cultural Education Map

The City Classroom is Leicester/shire’s Cultural Education Partnership. Promoting the City and County’s cultural education offer whilst also developing and delivering a place-based, high-quality, Arts Award driven cultural curriculum for all Primary Education and children with SEND. Contact: The City Classroom.

Securing Investment in 2016/17 Moving Together collaborated with schools and De Montfort University to deliver an exciting programme of dance activities for young people aged 5-18. Using Arts Award as a framework to engage enabling Leicestershire’s children and young people to be inspired through dance, developing their creativity whilst increasing their physical health and wellbeing. Contact: Moving Together.

The Spark Arts for Children are working with 12 schools in the City to further enhance cultural education and promote Artsmark and Arts Award through ‘Spark Plus’, encouraging schools to engage deeply and meaningfully with an extended programme of activity supported by The Spark Festival. Contact: The Spark Arts for Children.


Lincolnshire's Cultural Education Map

Working across Lincolnshire’s coastal strip Magna Vitae will work in partnership with 6 Cultural Activators to support 300 children and young people across key stages 3 and 4 to engage with cultural education. Young people will be offered an opportunity to engage with Arts Award to engage in cultural opportunities which enhance their employability. Schools involved in the programme will be expected to explore how Artsmark can sustain this engagement. Planning is underway for the programme of activity to begin in April 2018. Contact: Magna Vitae.

Pop-Up is delivering across Skegness and Corby, working in partnership with the Greenwood Academies Trust. Through illustration and graphic novels Pop-Up are supporting literacy programmes and teacher CPD. Contact: Pop-Up.


Northamptonshire's Cultural Education Map

The Corby Cultural Education Partnership is currently a collaboration between The Core, Royal and Derngate and the David Ross Education Trust. With a focus prompting resilience, health and wellbeing a number of projects have been completed with schools and their children and young people. The partnership is currently reviewing how to develop over the next few years, to incorporate more partners and a focus across Corby and the wider Northamptonshire County. Contact: The Core.

Pop-Up is delivering across Skegness and Corby, working in partnership with the Greenwood Academies Trust. Through illustration and graphic novels Pop-Up are supporting literacy programmes and teacher CPD. Contact: Pop-Up.


Nottinghamshire's Cultural Education Map

ChallenNGe is Nottingham City’s Cultural Education Partnership. It is developing a cultural education offer accessible and inspiring to all of Nottingham’s children and young people that works inside and outside of formal education. Contact: the Creative Quarter.

Captivate is Nottinghamshire’s Cultural Education Partnership. It aims to promote a locally joined-up offer. With a focus currently on Ashfield and Mansfield the partnership currently exists of local cultural organisations, including libraries, and the Flying High Trust. Contact: Inspire.

Urban art and music development organisation Baby People secured investment for the 2016/17 academic year to develop a programme of work in Nottingham. The investment supported collaboration and delivery with Pupil Referral Units and Special Schools. It also supported training for local artists, to build a sustainable offer which utilised Arts Award and developed links with the local Music Education Hub and Cultural Education Partnership. Contact: Baby People.

National Investments

The Mighty Creatives have worked with Children and the Arts to support the development of local, bespoke programmes through the Start Programme. Through this investment cultural organisations have been developing sustained links with local schools. Start partners in the East Midlands have included: Attenborough Arts Centre, Déda, Derby Theatre, Nonsuch Theatre, Nottingham Contemporary, South Holland Centre.

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