London Cultural Education Challenge (2015-18)

The London Cultural Education Challenge was an ambitious three-year programme designed to bring about a step-change in Cultural Education and young people’s cultural engagement in London

Between 2015 and 2018, A New Direction’s London Cultural Education

Challenge supported new creative programmes contributing to our three programme aims:

  • Constructing sustainable, innovative partnerships for the delivery of cultural education across London
  • Providing better cultural education outcomes for young people (0-25) in London
  • Generating new sources of funding to improve cultural education opportunity

And six programme themes, represented in our infographic set here.

A New Direction ran two processes inviting applications for investment across the period; one in 2015 and one in 2016/2017. We invested just under £900,000 across the three years of the programme, with an additional £960,000 contributed from a range of partners.

You can find out more about the London Cultural Education Challenge 2015-18, in the programme summary and reflection document written by A New Direction’s Senior Partnerships Manager, Corinne Bass and the four Action Research reflection reports by Dawn Langley, who ran the Action Research process throughout the programme.

You can also hear from our programme partners on their experiences and advice for others starting on the journey in our first Challenge podcast.

The London Cultural Education Challenge 2015-18 in Numbers

  • Over 13,000 young people were involved in programmes in which A New Direction invested between 2015 and 2018
  • Activity took place in half of London’s boroughs
  • Over 700 organisations were involved in delivering, planning and supporting the programmes
  • A New Direction has committed £868,000 and partners have shown £960,000 in parallel investment making the total programme investment £1.8million

A New Direction would like to pass on our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved.

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