Watch the MAKE video. Created with the children from Brooklands Farm Primary and Two Mile Ask Primary. Sponsored by MK City Discovery Centre:

Imagine a world where our children grow up without experiencing art, poetry, drama, dance, music…

Imagine cities, towns and villages devoid of communities with creative skills and inspiration…

Back in 2013 Arts Council England (ACE) became concerned about the dwindling commitment to include cultural education in the curriculum. Not only does every child have the right to experience arts and culture, but the benefits of taking part in cultural activity impact on mental and physical well-being, provide new perspectives on the world, and increase transferable skills such as communication and creative thinking. As a response to this crisis, ACE supported Bridge organisations to launch Cultural Education Partnerships in different localities to address the cultural education needs specific to that area. From that initiative Artswork, the Bridge organisation for the South East, supported the development of MAKE.

MAKE (Milton Keynes Arts Education) is a call to action to children and young people in Milton Keynes and those who work with them and look after them. Together we create a bespoke model for cultural education that could only happen in Milton Keynes, for our children and young people.

MAKE has published a collaborative Cultural Education Strategy based around three key strands:

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

Since 2015 MAKE has built capacity and networks that align to these strands. The work has has increased the take up of Arts Awards for over 2,000 children and young people, and 33 schools in Milton Keynes have now signed up to the Artsmark journey.

MAKE aims to create a town full of creative thinkers. As Milton Keynes develops, it is important that the city generates innovation and creativity within its economy and cultural offering. Igniting creative thinking through cultural education inspires new generations who will equip the city with the progressive skills it needs to excel through our most powerful and exciting resource – our children and young people.

MAKE change. MAKE a difference. MAKE it last.

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

MAKE is supported by Milton Keynes Council and Artswork, The South-East Bridge.