Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership
Opportunity for Arts Organisations / Artists
**Deadline 9th October**
MK Cultural Education Partnership (MKCEP) invites applications from arts providers* working in Milton Keynes to participate in an exciting action research project focused on ‘place-making’. The CEP seeks a maximum of five arts providers to work in partnership with local primary schools and is particularly keen to hear from those looking to develop their learning based practice and build stronger relationships with schools. The aim of the programme is to identify and support the growth of cultural leadership within schools and arts education leadership in the cultural sector. Joint project planning, delivery and reflection between teachers and arts providers will assist in deepening a common agenda – focusing in particular on how we can effectively work together to engage children and young people who have limited access to arts and culture.
*Arts and Cultural Organisations include the very wide range of literature, performing, visual and combined arts organisations as well as Museums, Libraries, Film and Heritage organisations. For the purposes of this opportunity ‘culture’ as defined by Arts Council England is one or more of the following areas: Theatre, Dance, Music, Combined Arts, Visual Arts, Museums, Libraries, Literature, Heritage, Film and Contemporary Craft
Each of the selected arts providers will be paired with two of ten schools chosen through an open call via the CEP network. The project aims to facilitate stronger partnerships between MK’s cultural sector and schools whilst embedding the research approach adopted by 5x5x5=creativity in order to provide opportunities which enable meaningful and inspiring child-led experiences. Each school will be invited to select one class to participate. Pupils will experience inspiring opportunities working in direct contact with artists and arts based organisations. As a result pupils will have a greater appreciation of the arts more generally and build confidence by sharing their views and opinions. The delivery of Arts Award will encourage pupils to reflect on, and learn, from such experiences. Continued Professional Development will be embedded throughout for both arts providers and teachers delivered by 5x5x5=creativity. The reflective process will help demonstrate the impact of engaging artists within the classroom and provide the opportunity to exchange ideas and resources, research, share and reflect on good practice within the curriculum.