Cumbria County Council's Local Education Service is celebrating this week after receiving confirmation that Cumbria will be one of the new areas to receive the Creative Partnership Initiative.
The Creative Partnership Initiative is delivered through the Arts Council England and aims to improve creative and cultural education in the most deprived areas of the County. It will give teachers and school children the opportunity to develop their creativity by working on projects with creative professionals. A consultation exercise will now get underway to identify the schools, cultural organisations and other partners that will be involved.
County Councillor Joan Stocker, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education says
"I am delighted that Cumbria has been given the opportunity to become part of the Creative Partnerships Initiative. The National Director for Creative Partnerships, Peter Jenkinson, has already visited the area and seen how Cumbria can benefit from the initiative. This initiative is entirely consistent with the Council's priority to encourage provision of a broad education with increased amounts of sport, art and other activities available in schools. We will be able to set up fruitful partnerships with schools and creative and cultural organisations to progress multi cultural issues across the County. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have worked extremely hard in putting this bid together and making a strong case for Cumbria when Peter Jenkinson came to one of our Creativity Conferences."