MAKE is a collaborative charitable partnership that works together to nourish and support the creative and cultural wellbeing of children and young people across Milton Keynes.

It does so through inclusive, arts and heritage-based projects which impact children and young people in three key strategic areas:

  1. Happier and Healthier Young People
  2. Exploring, Discovering and Enabling Creativity
  3. Careers, Skills and Opportunities

MAKE concentrates on strategic co-working, making the most of available resources (in the broadest sense), ensuring that those resources are well focused where need exists and can, with strategic co-working, be met.  MAKE is run by a collective of over 60 organisations and institutions that work across culture, education, wellbeing and youth. A diverse range of individuals including teachers, school leaders, creative practitioners and youth workers are amongst those who drive MAKE’s work forward.

MAKE is overseen by The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) and is supported by Artswork, The South-East Bridge.

MAKE’s story

Originally called the Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership (MKCEP), the collective of organisations that comprises MAKE came together in 2016. They were brought together by AHA-MK with support from Artswork in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge. This challenge asked arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a locally joined-up arts and cultural offer; share resources; and create consistent, coherent and visible delivery of high quality cultural education for children and young people.

In 2019, a re-brand project with 130 children and young people from 5 Milton Keynes schools took place. The result was the MAKE name and logo. 

Find out more about this project here.

MAKE has developed a collaborative Cultural Education Strategy which provides its members with a vision, priorities and framework for developing cultural education in Milton Keynes.

MKCEP Cultural Education Strategy Final

MKCEP Cultural Education Strategy Appendix 1

MKCEP Cultural Education Strategy Appendix 2

Cultural Education Offers from MAKE’s Arts and Heritage Partners

We have collated a list of cultural education offers that our arts and heritage partners have created for schools. If you would like your cultural education offer to be included please email Please click the link to view the booklet of offers:

MAKE a difference

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Work with MAKE

Work collaboratively as part of MAKE to develop projects which support children and young people. You’ll attend meet quarterly meetings where the MAKE collective shares information, opportunities, resources and learning, and drives forward project development. MAKE is open to individuals or organisations working with children and young people in Milton Keynes. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, artists and youth workers. Email with a short Expression of Interest or to find out more.

The Arts and Heritage Alliance MK manages MAKE. Together we nourish and support the creative and cultural wellbeing of our children and young people. Charity number 1158874.

MAKE is supported by Artswork, The South-East Bridge.