Better Lives Through Culture

In partnership with Artswork.

Through the Better Lives Through Culture programme, Southampton Cultural Education Partnership will galvanise cross-sector expertise to ensure children and young people that are at risk, disadvantaged, marginalised, not in education, employment or training benefit from cultural education. Children and young people will co-design and create a Creative Curriculum for Southampton, in collaboration with practitioners and teachers, and in alignment with Southampton City Council’s Future Work framework which prioritises levelling up, skills development and social capital. The work will harness the inspiration and ingenuity of the city’s communities, insights and practice, to root and feed creative connections to place. It will build strategic capabilities in Southampton for organisations, practitioners, children and young people through a Creative Mentor programme, Arts Award, Digital Badging and Artsmark Partnership. 

The investment will strengthen Southampton CEP and ensure legacy by harnessing new collaborative and coordinated approaches to measuring and evidencing impact that will provide a city-wide, multi-sector model of evidence rich practice and evaluation.

Strategic Aims 

The programme aims to: 

  • Enable children and young people to co-design a Creative Curriculum for Southampton 
  • Increase the number of children and young people benefiting from cultural education from priority groups through a strengthened cross-sector framework 
  • Support practitioners to become Creative Mentors to work with and inspire children and young people, and to inform and develop Southampton CEP’s practice 
  • Strengthen the CEP and build strategic capabilities for the city’s organisations, practitioners and children and young people to embed and sustain this work

Read more in our news post announcing the Better Lives Through Culture investment.