A group of laughing preschool children listen to a man reading them a story

Current Aims & Objectives

Vision – A world-class cultural education for every child and young person in the city


• Support and inform the ongoing development of a challenging and inspiring programme of cultural activity by involving young people as co-creators
• Advocate for arts and culture to be embedded within the school curriculum in addition to formal learning
• Embrace diversity, raise aspirations, and create greater equality of access to culture and talent pathways and programmes such as placements or apprenticeships
• Champion the arts and the benefits of a creative education among local and national decision-makers
• Provide a strategic view of what cultural education initiatives are needed in the city in order to increase engagement of children and young people with the cultural sector or increase or develop talent pipelines


• Assist actively with the development and design of a suite of cultural education projects
• Advise and influence stakeholders on current education and cultural policy and practice
• Drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural activity
• Develop an inclusive digital strategy that supports and promotes opportunities for young people to engage online and remotely
• Create and support evaluation / feedback mechanisms that lead to a process of positive evolution of the CEP
• Oversee fundraising and budget allocation from CEP initiatives

Four primary aged school children talking as they stand around a table full of art materials

Current Activities

  • Exploratory work around a Birmingham School of Arts
  • Commonwealth Games learning strategy
  • Cultural work experience pilot placement scheme
  • Birmingham Cultural Youth Festival
  • CPD brochure for teachers
  • Sofa School – podcast project

Organisations that are currently part of the CEP

CEP Steering Group Members

  • Arts Connect
  • Aston Performing Arts Academy
  • Birmingham City University
  • Birmingham Education Partnership
  • Birmingham Rep
  • Culture Central
  • Desiblitz
  • Friction Arts
  • Hillstone Primary School
  • Services for Education
  • University of Birmingham

Learning Group Members

Arts Connect
Be Festival
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham Education Partnership
Birmingham Hippodrome
Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham Open Media
Birmingham Opera
Birmingham Rep
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Creative Academies Network (CAN)
Ex Cathedra
Gloriana School of Arts
Ikon Gallery
Little Earthquake
Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham
New Alexandra Theatre
Old Rep Theatre
Open Theatre
Punch Records
Real Ideas
Services for Education
Stan’s Café
The Playhouse
Town Hall Symphony Hall
Writing West Midlands