Nottingham’s diverse population of children and young people are imaginative, innovative and creative; informing and inspiring cross-sector partnerships that champion creativity in schools and communities.
To facilitate and enable collaborations and connections to ensure all children and young people in Nottingham engage with relevant, inspiring and accessible arts and cultural experiences
Our ambition is that significantly more children and young people across all our diverse neighbourhoods will actively engage with and contribute to the creative and cultural life of their locality, the city and beyond, developing their own aspirations and experiences to nurture long term engagement. This is particularly the ambition for areas where current engagement is low.
Our partnership aims to be inspiring, resourceful, collaborative, opportunistic, imaginative, innovative and bold. We facilitate the partnerships between cultural organisations, schools and youth providers - we are open, inventive, diverse and welcoming.
Discover more on our new Cultural Rucksack initiative for every school-aged child in Nottingham.
We want to make communications easy - so that teachers and headteachers are informed of opportunities from the cultural sector in a timely and coherent way.
Cultural partners can make use of the ChalleNGe website and e-newsletters to share news and project opportunities; and schools can celebrate their achievements, give feedback and help build a picture of creative learning for children and young people.
Youth and community organisations are also invited to share their experiences and opportunities and make connections with us to help broaden opportunities for all children and young people in the city.
We are developing our collaborative work with Nottingham's schools through the Cultural Rucksack; for schools to embed high quality arts experiences for every school pupil in the city.
Our four goals focus on:
Developing a shared understanding of the experiences of children and young people and ensuring that their voices are heard and appreciated is at the heart of our ethos.
Our evaluation framework is formative and seeks to embrace the complexity within our partners’ broad range of motivations, levels of engagement, scale of work and ambition. It seeks to find meaning, tell stories, challenge the status-quo and understand better ways of doing things – being open, collaborative and providing space for reflection, sharing and learning.
The Arts Council : Inspiring and funding Cultural Education Partnerships, ACE have recently launched their new 10 year strategy. Between 2018 and 2022, they will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery, in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich peoples' lives.
Cultural Learning Alliance: championing a right to art and culture for every child - making the case for arts engagement.
The Mighty Creatives: fuelling creativity for children and young people across the East Midlands.
Arts Mark: the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England.
Arts Award: inspiring young people to grow their arts and leadership talents.
Freelance Consultant, trustee of creative and educational charities and One Nottingham Board Member
Executive Dean - Culture
Director at Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Manager of Learning Programmes Nottingham Contemporary
Community Engagement Specialist
Connecting Notts representative, Nottingham's Youth Cultural Partnership
Chair of the Innovation Unit Board of Directors. Paul stepped down from the Steering Group in April 2022. Thank you Paul, for all the wisdom, knowledge and experience you have brought to ChalleNGe!
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