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We shouldn’t be wondering whether children need art and music and stories and poems any more than wondering whether plants need water

Philip Pullman


As budget cuts sink in, how can cultural learning for children and young people be sustained? Here, Ednie Wilson gives us her perspective.

Published 20 August 2010

In the last e-news, we reported how cuts to cultural and education budgets are impacting on cultural learning across the country. Whilst we are yet to understand the full impact of these cuts, many are contemplating how to take positive steps forward with cultural learning work in less well-funded times.

In this provocation paper, Ednie Wilson, Creativity Development Manager for Gateshead Council and member of the Cultural Learning Alliance Advisory Panel, considers how to step up the cultural offer to children and young people within these budget constraints and sets out three key issues that she feels needs to be addressed if cultural learning is to thrive.

We’ve presented Ednie’s document as a provocation paper to get you thinking and talking about how you’ll be addressing the budgetary cuts.

Ednie Wilson Provocation Paper

Do these issues and approaches to addressing them mirror the picture in your local area? Let us know what you think by commenting here.


I think anyone interested in this area would also love to read this manifesto for drama and theatre for CYP by the National Campaign for the Arts: here.
Emrys Green 20 September 2010

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