Cultural Education Partnerships & Strategic Projects

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

Since 2015 The Mighty Creatives have invested funds and applied our expertise in strategic partnerships and projects that have the creativity and solutions to make a difference. All have a shared vision to improve and sustain cultural education by designing, promoting an deilvering a locally coordinated, joined-up, cultural offer designed to overcome the inequality of opportunity some places and some children and young people face benefiting from an inspiring, high-quality a cultural education.

Below is a brief introduction to some of this work. These projects are being delivered in partnerships and seek wider involvement. 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.

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.


Cultural Education Partnerships

Ashfield and Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - Inspire Trust

Nottinghamshire's Cultural Education Map

A cultural curriculum, based around the structure of the Arts Award, is being developed in partnership with a view to using this approach right across the county.

Amber Valley and Bolsover - Platform Thirty1

Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map

Small cultural venues and grass roots organisations are building up their ability to deliver an outstanding Arts Award offer as a means of securing better reach into local schools.

Chesterfield - Community Growth CIC

Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map

A small, grass-roots collaboration, starting in Staveley, are developing a holistic approach with schools / FE, arts organisations and businessess to deliver cultural education. The plan, over the next 10 years, is to to take this approach into Chesterfield and right across Derbyshire.

Corby - The Core at Corby Cube

Northamptonshire's Cultural Education Map

This programme of cultural engagement and curriculum enrichment has started in Corby, but will be looking to work throughout Northants. Led by the David Ross Education Trust and Royal and Derngate, this partnership is looking to secure broader access and overcome cultural inequalities.

Derby - Derby Theatre

Derbyshire's Cultural Education Map

This programme seeks to engage all Derby schools and young people by exploring, expanding and enhancing the city wide cultural education on offer. It is supported by every NPO in the city,

Leicester - The Spark Arts for Children

Leicestershire and Rutland's Cultural Education Map

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

The City Classroom is developing and delivering a place based, high quality, Arts Award driven cultural curriculum for all Primary Education and children with SEND in the city and county.

Lincolnshire (Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland) - Magna Vitae

Lincolnshire's Cultural Education Map

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

Nottingham - Creative Quarter

Nottinghamshire's Cultural Education Map

ChalleNGe Nottingham 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,

Strategic Projects

Baby People

Working with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Nottingham this work is enabling urban arts to engage and empower young people.Led by Baby People, this project is linking up with local schools, artists and Nottingham’s Music Education Hub.

Children and the Arts

The Mighty Creatives have partnered with Children and the Arts to support a national investment in local arts venues engage with new schools and their students through the Start programme. Read Children and the Arts blog on working in the East Midlands.

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.

Derbyshire Virtual School

Designed to benefit young people leaving care, this creative mentoring programme is being delivered through The Derbyshire Virtual Art School. Adapting their existing and successful Creative Mentoring model, this project is developing a bespoke creative curriculum for young people at the greatest risk of leaving the educational system with no education, employment or training.

Moving Together

A project with a dual purpose. It is providing young people aged 5-18 with an inspiring chance, through dance, to develop their creativity and appreciation for culture, secure an Arts Award 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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