Cultural Learning Alliance

Culture is about conversations. And at a time when it seems we’re not talking enough to each other, and generations can be divided, these conversations become more and more important

Dea Birkett
Founder, Kids in Museums


East of England

The following organisations work in the East of England and provide networks, advice and training for those working in cultural learning.

Creative Partnerships – Haven Gateway inspires young people, the teaching profession and the arts community to work together innovatively to raise aspirations, nurture imagination and develop thinking skills. Since September 2010 they have been working with a further 44 schools in the Enquiry School Programme from across the wider Haven Gateway. This includes schools from Tendring, Colchester, Braintree and Maldon in Essex, and Babergh, Mid Suffolk, Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal in Suffolk.

Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships is managed by the Royal Opera House, and works with over 100 schools across the region to deliver innovative long-term partnerships between schools and creative professionals. The Creative Partnerships programme helps schools look at different ways of growing creativity and delivering the curriculum through creative teaching and learning techniques, working across subject and year groups and encouraging parents to get involved.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival delivers Creative Partnerships Norfolk, in collaboration with the Norfolk County Council Children Services. For the past two years Norfolk & Norwich Festival has successfully delivered Creative Partnerships in Great Yarmouth. By being public-focused and participant-led, and by providing the best possible engagement with art and culture, they aim to help others find individual meaning and understanding through experiential creative learning.

The UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) is a unique, pioneering arts centre that has recently opened in Luton, delivering Creative Partnerships in Luton and Bedford schools. The UKCCA exists to provide education, enterprise, advocacy, training and outreach activities that promote the value, reach and powerful impact of carnival arts.

Young musicians taking part in The Sage Gateshead's 5th Birthday celebrations in December 2009. Photo: Mark Savage
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