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.
Pedalling Culture is a partnership initiative, between the public and private sectors, promoting the wealth of culture within Milton Keynes. The project has been created with the aid of funding from the Arts Council England’s Cultural Destination Fund. AHA-MK is part of the consortium leading this project, alongside Milton Keynes Council, Destination MK, MK Gallery, Bletchley Park Trust and MK City Centre Management. The project was launched in April 2018 at Bletchley Park, where 6 special artist-wrapped cars were unveiled.
The Pedalling Culture mission is to ensure that every community across Milton Keynes realises how culturally diverse Milton Keynes is, and the fact that these cultural destinations can be reached from the many green transport links we have available to us. To find out more about the project outputs and outcomes, please see the website.
AHA-MK are actively supporting the project by managing the programme of ‘Reclaim the Redways’ cultural commissions designed to encourage greater use and understanding of the Redway network. These commissions have resulted in roving cycling and film experiences, participatory dance and performances, new cycle-powered vehicles,active Redway mapping, a novel/alternative tour guide for the city and lots of walkers and cyclists experiencing something new in MK.
So if you are thinking of going somewhere within MK today, why not use a green transport option – see the new MK Council Get Smarter journey planner to plan your green journey.
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).
You can find more information about the MKCEP and the Cultural Education Strategy on our dedicated MKCEP page.
You, Me, Together
“The way I know mental health, is when people have big barriers in front of them and they can’t get through it”
In a survey of 338 Schools in 2016, 55% of schools had experience a large increase in cases of stress and anxiety amongst young people. In an evolving initiative to understand and support young people in MK’s mental health and wellbeing.
Milton Keynes Council Public Health and NHS MK Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created an innovative project called You, Me, Together, supported by funding from Artswork, the South East Bridge, and delivered in partnership with the MK Cultural Education Partnership.
Follow this link to see the film of the project.
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!