We have a three-year-plan to develop a network of Cultural Education Partnerships (CEPs) in each local authority in the West Midlands. The aim of these networks is to support a cultural offer that guarantees access to diverse, high quality arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in each locality, and to connect the region as a whole. This extends our current partnership working to respond to the Arts Council of England’s Cultural Education Challenge, launched in October 2015:

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:

“A great arts and cultural education gives children and young people the confidence and creative skills to thrive as individuals, as members of our society, and as the next generation of creative talent. All children and young people, wherever and whatever their start in life, should have the opportunity to have an arts and cultural education that nurtures innovation and unlocks the vital skills that are helping to drive our world leading creative industries.”

CEPs are in various stages of development but each is owned locally and are appropriate to needs and circumstances in that area. We provide advice and support to help develop the structures and capacity to ensure that the CEP is sustainable as a strategic, action-focussed group. We have a planned strategic programme and methodology to develop and expand the regional network of CEPs:

  • The CEPs that are currently established in the West Midlands with a planned programme of activity and development are: Worcestershire Arts Partnership, Herefordshire CEP, Shropshire Children and Young People’s Cultural Consortium
  • We are working with the following local areas to develop their emerging CEPs: Telford, Tamworth, Coventry, Wolverhampton
  • We are beginning conversations for the first stage of the next cohort of CEPs with: Sandwell, Stoke, Cannock, Dudley, Walsall

We are supporting partnerships to create a ‘sense of place’ by working with arts and cultural organisations, the local authority, schools, FE and HE, libraries, Music Service and Hubs, and other people with a commitment to children and young people’s engagement in arts and culture.

To find out more about some of our CEP work look at the case studies here

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