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.
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 five goals focus on:
We aim to embed strong youth voice into our cultural landscape, so that children and young people are empowered to shape priorities and lead change within arts partners' programmes.
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.
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
Our Partnership Statement: (May 2023)
We believe in the potential of children and young people in Nottingham, and work collaboratively and in partnership with each other to support everyone to thrive.
We create space for those who are marginalised, and understand the power of our collective voice to make change. We know that arts and culture can break down barriers and be a force for good. It unlocks potential and is relevant for its own sake and our communities.
We actively listen and are responsive to the opinions of our partners, our communities and the world around us. We are accountable to each other and strive for inclusive organisations, reflective of the diverse city we live in.
Director of Culture
Freelance Consultant, trustee of creative and educational charities and One Nottingham Board Member
KE & Impact Officer, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham
Child Friendly City Programme Lead, Nottingham City Council
Community Engagement Specialist
Director of Participation, Nottingham Playhouse
Professor of Education, University of Nottingham
Deputy Chief Executive, Lakeside Arts
Manager of Learning Programmes Nottingham Contemporary