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CRO Ltd. and UKCCA Creative Partnerships

The UK Centre for Carnival Arts was established in 1998 to add value and extend the activities of the Luton International Carnival. Since that time, this vision has been much enhanced and extended, successfully positioning UKCCA as a national organisation and leading agency for carnival in all its guises. The UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton is a vibrant and progressive arts centre which will promote the interests of both carnival arts and carnival communities nationally nd internationally.

About Creative Partnerships
UKCCA has secured funding from Creativity Culture and Education to deliver Creative Partnerships in Luton and Bedford schools over the period 2009-11. Creative Partnerships is the Government’s flagship creative learning programme, designed to develop the skills of young people across England, raising their aspirations and equipping them for their futures.

CRO Ltd was appointed to assist UKCCA to develop and deliver the pilot year, and to set up systems and a new team to carry the programme forward, working with Jo Piggott.
Jo was the Programme Manager for UKCCA, who led the development of the programme and gained two further years' funding from CP to continue the work and extend
it into Bedfordshire.

Television news piece about the sharing day.

The pilot year

We recruited 13 schools in Luton to carry out Enquiry (one-year) projects, including infant, junior, primary and secondary schools. In addition, we recruited four Creative Agents and 13 Creative Partners, who we assigned to the schools. (Normal practice is for schools to recruit their own partners, but time constraints and the necessity to establish the project made this the most feasible course.)

These included:

St Margaret of Scotland Primary School IMG_1432

For further details, please contact:

UK Centre for Carnival Arts
3 St Mary’s Road,
Luton LU1 3JA
Tel: 01582 437 100

For more information on Creative Partnerships, see the following link:

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