Why get involved?
The main initial beneficiaries of Cultivate are children and young people living in and around Wandsworth and Lambeth. Now, however, projects can also reach across London as Cultivate continues to inspire young people and animate local areas.
Cultivate projects enrich young people‘s school experience, gives them a voice in their changing local area, and raises their awareness of cultural opportunities and creative careers. In turn, positive outcomes for them help their schools, who are served with projects in ways that best meet their needs.
Partner Cultural organisations benefit from sharing resources and good practice, as well as broadening their audience and increasing the profile, take-up and funding of their offer. The role of arts and cultural learning in creating vibrant, thriving communities can be reinforced and advocated.
Developers benefit too because their cultural projects and engagement in the community can have even more positive impact, profile and legacy through working with young people. Companies also benefit from enhancing young people’s experience of the world of work, and creating a place that young people want to stay in and contribute to.
Evidence of need
When Cultivate launched in 2015, teachers, developers and arts organisations were consulted with all highlighting the need for:
- More capacity for brokerage to match projects to schools
- More continuity and progression of projects
- Attention to school priorities and curriculum needs
- Responding to children and young people’s preferences and ideas
- More celebration, profile and sharing of project outcomes
- More support for after-school learning & informal youth provision
- More careers inspiration in creative industries and place-making
As one of London’s seven Cultural Education Challenge projects, Cultivate addresses needs that have been evidenced by A New Direction – see these infographics for key findings about young people’s inequality of access to culture, employment and other opportunities.
Cultivate also carried out background research into cultural learning opportunities in the area, and the shifting context of skills and careers education. This research included meetings with Wandsworth What’s Next, Wandsworth BEST, a focus group of teachers and a roundtable event of cultural and development partners.
What do we do to help?
- The Cultivate co-ordinator keeps in touch with schools and local stakeholders to be aware of their needs. When developers and cultural organisations offer projects, they can be matched to the best schools, age groups and curriculum needs, and where applicable Cultivate can help shape these projects.
- The Cultivate Project Planning Workbook is a key tool, providing tips, prompts, a planning canvas and participant feedback templates – everything you need to plan and evaluate a project.
- Projects will be shared on this website, and elsewhere, highlighting the best practice and inspiring others to try similar approaches.
- In March 2018 the projects were evaluated comprehensively, exploring whether they had achieved a step-change in access to cultural opportunities and creative skills, and a common set of Learning Outcomes.
- Teachers will be supported to plan and champion Cultivate projects within their schools.
- The Cultivate team commission projects directly, aiming to fill strategic gaps. These include Exploring Nine Elms and Cultivate Routes.