MK Cultural Education Partnership

The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) has set up the Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership (MKCEP) with support from Artswork and in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge. This asks arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to:

  • Drive a locally joined-up arts and cultural offer
  • Share resources
  • Create a more consistent, coherent and visible delivery of cultural education to offer high quality arts and cultural education to all children and young people (CYP).

MKCEP will develop a Cultural Education Strategy and Action Plan to ensure all Milton Keynes’ CYP (0-19 & 0-25 for those with special needs) have the opportunity to create, participate in and influence culture. The aim is for such activity to positively impact on their well-being and support their creative, personal and educational development. We are now developing a Cultural Education Strategy and Action Plan around three key priorities:

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

MK Schools Investment Programme

MK Gallery have secured additional funds from the Artswork Schools Investment Programme for the MKCEP to strengthen its relationship with schools.  £20,000 has been awarded to further develop sustainable partnerships between networks of schools and arts and cultural organisations.

This investment will enable the MKCEP will engage 10 Milton Keynes schools and 5 local cultural organisations in an Action Research project addressing ‘Place-Making – What does this mean for children and young people?’.  Project development will take place between Sept 17 – Jan 18, project delivery between Jan – July 18.  Continued Professional Development will be embedded throughout for both teachers and sector organisations delivered by 5x5x5=creativity.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Pilot Cultural Commissioning Project

MK Cultural Education Partnership (MKCEP) is delivering a creative and cultural project exploring young people’s views on mental health. This pilot project forms part of the Children and Young Peoples Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Programme.  Four school groups will work with an artist and filmmaker, who will engage them through arts and creativity around the concept of mental health and wellbeing.  The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of how children and young people in Milton Keynes see mental health, and the language they use to express themselves in reference to mental health and wellbeing.  A final film that shares the outputs of the creative sessions, will aid understanding of young people’s views of mental health.  The film will be used to facilitate conversations about mental health and wellbeing.

We have commissioned Artis to deliver the creative workshops for this project.  Artis has been working for 13 years in schools across the country, to help boost achievement, improve speaking & listening skills, and build confidence and self-esteem in young people.

This project is being delivered in collaboration by Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and MK Council Public Health on behalf of the MKCEP.  It is supported by partnership investment from Artswork, MK Council and the CCG.


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