Cultural Projects Intern

The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK), in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, is looking to recruit a young person (aged 16-24 and currently claiming JobSeekers Allowance), to join our organisation as a Cultural Projects Intern.  This role will provide opportunities to learn about the cultural sector in Milton Keynes, to work on project research and development, and to support key cultural initiatives for the borough.

AHA-MK is a membership organisation that aims to represent, develop and promote the arts and heritage sectors of Milton Keynes.  Our members (currently a total of 35) include Bletchley Park, The Stables, MK Theatre, MK Gallery, MK Museum, Living Archive, MK Arts for Health, MK City Discovery Centre, MK Islamic Arts Heritage & Culture, Independent Cinema MK, MK City Orchestra, Mótus Dance, MK Arts Centre, Westbury Arts Centre, Festive Road, and the National Museum of Computing, which are delivering a wide range of programmes. During 2016 we will be leading a variety of projects including work around cultural education, audience development and cultural diversity.

This is an exciting time for Milton Keynes, planning for the celebration of Milton Keynes’ 50th anniversary in 2017, and developing a bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

We are seeking a young person who is passionate about arts and culture, and who will be an asset to both MK Council’s and AHA-MK’s teams in supporting the development of these projects.

For full details of the role, and information on how toy apply please download the Job Description: AHA-MK Cultural Employment Intern JD Mar 16

MK Cultural Education Partnership – Briefs

The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) is setting up the Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership (MKCEP) in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge.  The Cultural Education Challenge asks arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up arts and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent, and visible delivery of cultural education that offers a consistent, and high quality, arts and cultural education for all children and young people.

The MKCEP is made up of a network of arts, heritage and educational partners, led by a strategic steering group, which includes representatives from senior positions at MK Council, SEMLEP, our National Portfolio Organisations and Milton Keynes Police.

The MKCEP aims to develop a Cultural Education Strategy and Action Plan that ensures every child and young person (0-19 years) in Milton Keynes has the opportunity to create, participate in and influence culture.  Through this engagement we will positively impact the well-being of young people and support their creative, personal and educational development.  In addition, we aim to nurture the passion and capacity of children and young people to become artists, practitioners, producers and directors within the cultural and creative industries.

Consultation:

We are advertising two briefs, looking for freelancers to undertake consultation that will inform our Cultural Education Strategy:

MK Cultural Education Partnership Cultural education brief final

MK Cultural Education Partnership CYP brief final

 

Audience Development Consultant Brief

The Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) is looking for a consultant(s) that can work with a collective of arts and heritage organisations to inform and support development of strategies that diversify, broaden and/or deepen their audiences.

AHA-MK is a strategic forum of arts and heritage organisations in Milton Keynes.  We are a membership organisation that aims to represent, develop and promote the arts and heritage sectors of Milton Keynes.  A key area of our work is audience development.

A group of organisations from our membership have come together to form a collective interested in practical audience development activity.  The collective have attempted some work using surveys and the Audience Finder approach, but are in need of greater support to develop their knowledge and understanding and to make a meaningful difference to their audience development practice.

AHA-MK is looking for a consultant(s) who can work with six cultural organisations to develop audience research techniques, create bespoke solutions to meet challenges and opportunities, and support organisations through implementation and evaluation.  This contract requires a hands-on approach embedding best practice and developing understanding of audience development theory through mentoring and practical experience.

The deadline for applications is: 18th December 2015.

For more information and details of how to apply please download the full brief: MK Audiences Consultant brief final.

Great War MK Remembered

On 6th November 2015, the Great War MK partners are presenting the finale to their WW1 centenary project – a powerful performance of dance, drama, poetry, music and film.  Drawing on the different elements produced over the last two years, Great War MK Remembered will provide a poignant evening for all.

This showcase will bring together a patchwork of creative responses to WW1 in an evening of entertainment, commemoration and reflection.  The evening will celebrate the talent and achievements of the Milton Keynes arts and heritage community and will include performances of original music composed by young people, moving dramatic performances from Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company, haunting poetry, and breath-taking choreography with dancers from Shenley Retirement Village and Initiate Youth Dance Company.  There’s also a rare chance to see the spectacular replica of a WW1 tank created by carnival company Festive Road and animations made by children working with Independent Cinema MK, in what promises to be an uplifting and poignant finale of the Great War MK project.

Great War MK Remembered is a unique opportunity to see the work of eleven fantastic organisations from the Milton Keynes region on one night, in one spectacular showcase performance. 

Great War MK Remembered will take place at 7.30pm on 6th November at The Venue MK, Walton High.  The show is being produced by local production company, Full House.

Tickets are £3 each or £10 for a family of four, available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/eventsmk 

Manny Ademolu, Young Singer/Songwriter for Great War MK said:

This project has been great … it has challenged my skills as a songwriter to create a new piece of work that conveys a matter that still affects us to date. And working with a passionate and talented group of musicians is a constant reminder of the beauty and power that music holds.’

Euan Henderson, Chair of AHA-MK said:

‘This is the culmination of two years’ planning, researching, creating and delivering new ways of looking at the First World War 100 years ago as experienced in the area now transformed by the Metropolitan Borough and New City of Milton Keynes.’

MK Gallery Frontline Workshop