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Arts Council England launches Cultural Education Challenge

The Cultural Education Challenge was launched yesterday at the Barbican in London in a speech given by Schools Minister, Nick Gibb (read the speech here). It challenges sector leaders across the arts, education, local authorities, schools, higher education institutions and others to create new ways of working. It encourages them to share resources to create joined-up arts and cultural provisions locally, at a time when public funding remains under pressure.

The Arts Council announced 50 new Cultural Education Partnerships across the country, in areas of most need of arts and cultural provision.  They will be modelled on previous pilot cultural education partnerships established in Great Yarmouth, Bristol and Barking & Dagenham. These were initiated by the Arts Council, with partners the British Film Institute, Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage, in response to a number of recommendations made in the Henley Review on Cultural Education in England.

These Cultural Education Partnerships will be led and initiated by ‘Bridge organisations’ (in the South East our Bridge ornganisations are Artswork and the Royal Opera House). This network of ten organisations located across the country helps to connect schools, children and young people with arts and cultural activity. Bridges receive £10 million in funding every year from the Arts Council and will play a leading role in delivering the Challenge, although strong convenors are encouraged to come forward to help deliver the Challenge locally.

The Cultural Education Challenge brings a renewed focus on the importance of cultural education at a time when the creative sector continues to make a significant contribution to the economy, providing 1 in 20 jobs and when cultural education provision amongst children and young people varies across the country.

Through the Cultural Education Challenge the Arts Council wants to make sure that all children and young people everywhere have access to great arts and culture, and that every child can create, compose, and perform; visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had.

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