Lyric Hammersmith presents Local Cultural Education Partnership1:15, 17th November 2017
The Lyric Hammersmith in London on 2 November announced its new Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP), which demonstrates the theatre’s ongoing commitment to developing creativity in young people.
The partnership serves as a direct response to the Arts Council Cultural Education Challenge, which was calling ‘for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent and high-quality art and cultural education for all children and young people’.
‘We are passionate about the power of the arts to transform lives and working with our partners to achieve our vision of a creative and cultural childhood for all children and young people in Hammersmith and Fulham,’ said Sian Alexander, Lyric’s executive director. ‘Never has it been more important for arts organisations and schools to work together, listening, supporting and challenging each other to achieve this shared goal. Developing this partnership over the past year has been a privilege and we are excited for all we hope to achieve together over the coming years.’
In development since 2016, the first phase involved consultations with potential partners, and mapping arts provision in schools. It then saw the theatre work with nine partners in education, the local authority and leading arts organisations, in order to change how all children in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham can benefit from a rich cultural education.
As well as impacting on young people, the partnership will also benefit teachers: it will create a new Teachers’ Network, which will connect teachers with arts organisations, so they can receive best practice and skills. This will see 18 teachers participating in CPD and Arts Award advisor training.
The nine partners are: Action on Disability, Amici, Dance West, Musiko Musika, New English Ballet Theatre, TEAFilms, Tri-Borough Music Hub, Turtle Key and Zoo Nation.