The Culture Co-op is the chosen name given to the Lancaster District Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP), one of 24 LCEP’s in the North West developed to meet Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge.
Made up of arts organisations, education establishments (Primary, Secondary, FE & HE), health and well-being institutions, youth and community organisations and representatives from local authority, this cross-sector partnership was formed to ensure that every child and young person across the Lancaster District has access to high quality cultural activity, no matter their background, circumstance or ability.
Governance of the Lancaster District Cultural Education Partnership is led by a steering group of partner members and is co-chaired by Guy Christiansen (Chief Executive of Lancashire Youth Challenge) and Nik Marsden (Development Manager at Lancaster University). The steering group currently meets every two months, alongside a representative from Curious Minds. Working groups are formed as and when required to move forward strategic plans and activities.
Moving on from the initial consensus/ consultation period back in 2018, the partnership has since galvanised into an advocate, connector and initiator of arts and cultural activity across the district.
In short, the Culture Co-op, with support from its member organisations, stakeholders and local artists is here to;