AHA-MK aims to develop collaboration within the sectors and with non-arts and heritage partners. We believe that collaboration and cross-fertilisation create exciting and unexpected results and can support our members in their quest to build audiences for culture in Milton Keynes. We therefore work to support collaborative projects that seek to raise the profile of our members and the arts and heritage sectors of Milton Keynes, through discussion and debate, lobbying, promotion, fundraising and project management.
Current collaborative projects that we are working on/towards are listed below.
Great War MK – From Conflict to Cosmopolis (2014 – 2016)
Between 2012-2014 AHA-MK led a WW1 centenary project, which brought together 13 partners, 200 artists and audiences of nearly 10,000 called Great War MK. Great War MK embraced the diversity of Milton Keynes’ population, asking individuals to look back to what their families were experiencing 100 years ago. Partners used heritage and arts activities and skills to interpret these stories and memories to produce exhibitions and performances that are took place across the Borough of Milton Keynes. This project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund with seed funding from Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
Below is our final film, Please enjoy and let us know your thoughts!
MK50 – Milton Keynes’ 50th Anniversary (2017)
Milton Keynes will turn 50 in 2017 and we intend to celebrate this anniversary with exciting and inspiring events. This will be an opportunity to show the world how far the city and culture in Milton Keynes has come since 1967. For more information please see www.mk50.co.uk
AHA-MK aims to develop cultural leadership and ambition in Milton Keynes to ensure that the sector is well-placed to deliver MK50.
Discovering MK – 50 Golden Landmarks
AHA-MK is developing an interactive trail to be launched in 2017. People will be challenged to follow a trail around Milton Keynes seeking out 50 landmarks via a smartphone App. This trail will be developed with children and families in mind and aims to encourage people to explore their city, to learn more about its development and the special places and spaces that it unique.
European Capital of Culture (2023)
On 15th July 2015 Milton Keynes Council voted unanimously in support of a motion to prepare a bid for European Capital of Culture 2023. AHA-MK supported the advocacy and information sharing required to ensure that all relevant parties were able to make an informed decision. We are delighted that Milton Keynes Council sees this as a powerful opportunity to develop our cultural landscape and dream up a winning programme for 2023.
AHA-MK will work hard to ensure that the sector is well-placed to deliver a bid, to be short-listed and hopefully to deliver European Capital of Culture 2023.