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.
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 (2017)
In support of MK50, AHA-MK has developed and launched an interactive trail to be launched in 2017. The app encourages residents and visitors to get out and explore Milton Keynes, discovering the places and spaces that make this city unique.
Inspired by the Pokémon Go craze, the Discovering MK app reveals an interactive trail of 50 hidden gems around the city. At each location along the trail, you can unlock information about the landmark, challenge yourself, your family and friends to a fun mini quiz and upload a ‘selfie’ to show you are there. With a range of competitions and prize draws through the year, we hope you join in and share your selfies on social media. As you can see, even our canine friends are enjoying the app.Developed by AHA-MK and MK21, the free app, available via Google Play and Apple Store, commemorates Milton Keynes 50th Anniversary and celebrates this unique and diverse city.
For more information please see www.discoveringmk.com
MK Cultural Education Partnership
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).
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.
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.
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