Cultural Education Partnerships

The Mighty Creatives are supporting the development of Cultural Education Partnerships in priority areas across the East Midlands. Cultural and education organisations will come together to overcome deep-rooted inequalities of access.

These partnerships will:

  • Create a shared community vision
  • Make decisions based on evidence
  • Collaborate and innovate
  • Grow investment and sustainability

Since 2015 The Mighty Creatives have invested £564,580 in cultural education across the East Midlands through the Cultural Life Fund. We have supported one national investment programme, 3 sustainable projects and 8 cultural education partnerships.

All investments are designed to support children and young people in the region having better access to high-quality cultural education. We have prioritised areas of need. Our cultural education partnerships specifically promote a locally coordinated, joined-up, cultural offer; designed to overcome the inequality of opportunity some children and young people face when accessing a cultural education.

Our 8 cultural education partnerships promote a locally coordinated, joined-up, cultural offer; designed to overcome the inequality of opportunity some children and young people face when accessing a cultural education.

If you are interested in any of the work being carried out by the partnerships, click on the links to contact the lead person in that area.

You can also see who is part of the cultural education community in these areas with the maps linked below. These highlight all major and accredited museums, all Arts Council supported National Portfolio Organisations, all Artsmark schools and all Arts Award Centres and supporters.

It's simple to use. The '+' or '-' tabs in the top left corner allows you to zoom in to street level and out across the region. The bullet point symbol in the pink title box is the key, and the paper filing symbol allows you to filter what you are seeing on the map according to the key's classification. Click on any symbol on the map and you get the contact details of the organisation.

Ashfield and Mansfield (Nottinghamshire)

Inspire Trust

With Arts Award forming the structure for a cultural curriculum this partnership is starting in Ashfield and Mansfield with a longer-term view to work across the county.

Nottinghamshire's Cultural Education Map

Amber Valley and Bolsover

Platform Thirty1

Small, grass-roots network looking to engage small cultural venues and organisations in the area, with a view to building significant Arts Award provision and longer term relationships with schools.

Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map


Community Growth CIC

Small, grass-roots collaboration starting in Staveley with a 10 year view to expand across Chesterfield and Derbyshire. A holistic approach, involving schools / FE, arts organisations and businesses.

Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map


The Core at Corby Cube

A strategic partnership with David Ross Education Trust and Royal and Derngate that aims to broaden cultural engagement and curriculum enrichment, initially in Corby, but with longer-term aims to work strategically across Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire's Cultural Education Map


Derby Theatre

All Arts Council England’s NPOs are supporting Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership. Their aim is to engage Derby’s schools and their young people with the City’s culture; exploring, expanding and enhancing the cultural education offer of the city.

Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map


The Spark Arts for Children

The City Classroom has a focus on Primary Education and children with SEND. Engaging schools in high quality, locally-based arts provision, including Arts Award, across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Leicestershire and Rutland's Cultural Education Map

The City Classroom: The Story So Far for Leicester's Cultural Education Partnership

Lincolnshire (Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland)

Magna Vitae

Working across coastal Lincolnshire, Magna Vitae are supporting an emerging strategic Cultural Education Partnership.

Lincolnshire's Cultural Education Map


Creative Quarter

ChalleNGe Nottingham is working strategically to provide a cultural education offer for all of Nottingham’s children and young people in and outside of formal education.

Nottinghamshire's Cultural Education Map

National Investment

Children and the Arts

The Mighty Creatives have partnered with Children and the Arts to support local arts venues engage with new schools and their students through the Start programme. From September 2017 there will be 5 Start projects in the East Midlands. These will be hosted by: Attenborough Arts Centre, Déda, Nonsuch, Nottingham Contemporary and South Holland Centre.

Sustainable Projects

Baby People

Through this work Baby People have built links with schools, artists and Nottingham’s Music Education Hub. Working with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Nottingham this work has enabled urban arts to be used as a tool to engage and empower young people.

Derbyshire Virtual School

The Derbyshire Virtual Art School is adapting its Creative Mentoring model to develop a creative curriculum for young people in or leaving care that are at the greatest risk of leaving the educational system with no education, employment or training

Moving Together

Working across Leicestershire to support young people aged 5-18 engage with Arts Award through Dance; providing an opportunity for participants to develop their creativity and appreciation for culture, whilst increasing their physical health and well-being.

Local Learning Partnerships

In 2013 The Mighty Creatives launched an investment programme to establish joined up strategic planning and development of the arts and cultural offer for schools in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham - a precursor to Cultural Education Partnerships we are working with now. An evaluation of this programme is available and in this film our artist Anthony Greentree brings to life this ‘local learning’ in partnership with Derby Theatre, The Spark Arts for Children and New Art Exchange.

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