About The Culture Challenge

The Culture Challenge aimed to increase the number of young people accessing, enjoying and making great art and culture by providing clear details of cultural providers in the local area. It served to strengthen the cultural landscape in Bedfordshire by building today’s audiences and tomorrow’s creative people.

Through consultation with young people, cultural leaders, and teachers, we developed the ‘Culture Checklist’. The list provides an aspirational checklist for young people, and a practical tool for schools to identify opportunities for cultural learning.

The Culture Challenge encouraged schools to engage with the wealth of cultural activity in their local area, urged cultural providers to be ready for young people and applauds children and young people who want to explore art and culture for themselves.

It was developed by Producer Kayte Judge and Bedford Creative Arts in collaboration with head teachers, young people, and cultural practitioners.

The Culture Challenge was funded by The Harpur Trust, University of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire Council, Aspire Higher and Arts Council England.

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