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. You can find out more about the investments we made here, by visiting our Connected London Map, or by reading their blog posts below.

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

We conducted an internal analysis of evaluation and learning through the Cultural Education Challenge programme in summer 2017 to feed into the development of the new Challenge London programme. A fuller evaluation will take place over summer 2018, incorporating feedback and evaluation materials submitted by partners who received investment through the programme. We’ll be sharing outcomes from this process through our channels later this year.

Monitoring to date has indicated that over 200 partner organisations and 10,000 young Londoners were involved in the Challenge between 2015 and 2018. A New Direction would like to pass on our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved.

Read a selection of challenge blogs