CULTIVATE IS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES BEING CREATED IN AND BEYOND NINE ELMS, AND LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 7 TO 19 WHO CAN MOST BENEFIT FROM THEM.
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Nine Elms on the South bank from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station is undergoing a major regeneration. Schools across Wandsworth (and Lambeth) were being offered cultural and place-related projects through this redevelopment. Cultivate was set up to ensure that these were developed collaboratively with teachers, meeting students’ needs, and to share the best aspects of practice. It also aims to ensure that local young people are aware of possible routes to study and work, linked to culture and place-making, so that the area becomes a strong starting point for a future creative generation.
With three years funding secured through A New Direction, Wandsworth Borough Council and Nine Elms developers, we have the opportunity to shape and harness the impact that the regeneration work and its public engagement will have on our local young people, and to celebrate and showcase this nationally.
“A high-quality cultural education is central to developing the capacity for inquiry and creative thought. These are qualities that are crucial to the 21st century economy, as well as the next generation of arts and creative industries professionals.” The Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy, 2014
This funding has enabled the creation of a team to work with developers, cultural organisations and schools to offer:
Co-ordination: Mapping existing and new projects, supporting links to schools, facilitating communication between partners to ensure that projects meet local needs.
Quality guidance & evaluation: Providing shared tools and resources for planning and measuring the success of projects, which together make up a Quality Framework.
Communication: Raising awareness of existing and new opportunities both locally between organisations, and nationally, to celebrate good practice in creative place-making with children and young people.
Development: Raising aspirations in place-related and creative careers. Seeking further funding to extend the project into other boroughs, and into the future.
The project is led by Enable on behalf of Wandsworth Borough Council and the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership. It was supported and is being evaluated by cultural consultants, Flow Associates. It is one of the projects in the Cultural Education Challenge for London run by A New Direction.
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