More than 35 cultural champions from many different walks of life met on Sunday 22nd April 2018, to share stories and join forces with the aim of bringing about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education across Devon. Several members of the group shared their own particular stories, about what they are doing in their locality and in their field to enhance cultural opportunities for young people, and especially the more vulnerable. We heard from Amy Phillips (Exmouth Community College), Nick Conner (solicitor), Lisa Shneidau (Devon Wildlife Trust), Ruth Weyman (Theatre Alibi), Jackie Willey (St Sidwell’s School PTA), Bryn, Megan, Brioney and Rhi (Ordinary Art Festival Young Cultural Curators), and Amanda, Lucy and Kemuran (students from University of Exeter who brought their perspectives from Turkey, Taiwan, China and Africa). We left the room inspired, and thinking about how and with whom we could apply their stories to create new action in our own areas.
One DCEP member commented “The contributions in the morning were excellent and (for me) re-established the value of networking.”
The morning was hosted by Liz Hill (Daisi) and Kerry Chappell (University of Exeter), and included sharing of progress from the various DCEP working parties including Digital (led by Sam Eyre, Coombeshead Academy, and Claire McColl, Devon Music Service), and Pop Up Events (led by Caroline Preston, Beaford Arts, and Anna Aroussi, Thelma Hulbert Gallery).
At the end of the event we shared a DCEP DRAFT MANIFESTO. This short (2.5 page) document sets out, in brief, what the Devon Cultural Education Partnership is for, what we have done so far in Devon, and the proposed next steps. Please do have a look at it, and it would be great to hear any feedback or suggestions, which will be gathered and then a useful way found of sharing them back to the group for action.
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