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Another year, MADE!

A handy summary of our annual report, describing who we are and what we've accomplished this year.

Written by
Bo Warner

It’s been three years since Manchester’s local education partnership was founded, and we’re so proud of how far we’ve come! This year has been a whirlwind of hosting networking events and connecting creative practitioners with teachers and their classrooms.  

We’ve just published our annual review for 2022/23, which you can read for a more in-depth look at what we’ve achieved this year. Otherwise, keep reading for the highlights!

So, what is MADE, and what do we do?

MADE is a collaboration between culture and education organisations from across Manchester, including art galleries, museums, theatres, schools, colleges and many more. We run participation projects and create learning resources to join the dots between education and culture.

We have a database of teachers, creative facilitators, and Manchester venues who are part of our Network. Some of these include HOME, Manchester Libraries, Factory International, the Lowry, the Whitworth, Z-arts, and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

How did we do this year?

Here are some of the amazing stats we’ve gathered about our work this year!  

  • 547 cultural education engagements with young people  
  • 10,000 children took part in Happy, Safe, Free with Building the Bridge
  • 79 new pupils engaged with ‘diversifying the curriculum’ workshops
  • 96+ individual teachers in our network
  • 43 children involved in pilot Health & Wellbeing workshops
  • 45 young people took part in teacher CPD consultation workshops
  • 82 resources on our website all about BLM, creative careers, employability and more!

Here are some of the specific engagements, events, workshops and milestones that we reached in our work with teachers, young people and schools.  

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Our Work with Schools

  • Evacuees project “Climbing into the mouth of the shark”, working with Factory International, Abraham Moss Community School and Z-Arts to contextualise the curriculum within modern refugees and migration.
  • ‘Music and Migration’ jazz diasporas project with Stanley Grove Primary Academy and Creative Manchester.
  • Roma Music workshops with Miro Orchestra and Cedar Mount Academy.
  • Protest Music workshops with Love Music Hate Racism, Z-arts and Trinity High school.

Our Work with Teachers

  • Workshops on hitting Gatsby Benchmarks for KS2, alongside the People’s History Museum, with Webster Primary School.
  • Youth Informed CPD training workshops with Tina Ramos Ekongo, creative practitioner and visual artists. She also hosted a Creative Connections Workshop at HOME, to help aid non-arts subject teachers in bringing creativity into their classrooms.  
Tina Ramos Ekongo stands over a table chatting with two young people and their teacher, with craft supplies spread out around them.

Our Work with Young People

  • Created employability resource CHATTIN’, an informal sit-down between Josh Wilkinson and arts professionals across our network to help inform young people as they make decisions about their careers.
  • Continued our Creative Influencer programme, in which young people can make their voices heard, gain creative skills and network with other like-minded people. This year, they co-hosted a panel at our big event, worked with Factory International as part of their Balmy Army project, and did workshops with organisations such as Circus House and Gaydio.

Bringing Everyone Together

  • This year, we started a Digital Newsletter with great engagement from our audience!

To keep in touch with what we’re up to and how we can help you bring creativity into the classroom and beyond, click here.

  • “Exploring the creative potential for Manchester to become a child-friendly city” - March 2023

This was a gathering of creative educators and cultural partners with over 70 attendees, and our largest event yet.  

Guest speakers included Zoe Morris (Head Teacher of Chorlton High School), Keisha Thompson (Contact Theatre; Artistic Director), Astrid Guldhammer (Bornekulturhuset, Aarhus, Denmark), Jaffer Hussain (Manchester City Council), Jo Sliwa (Abraham Moss Community School) and Liz O'Neill (Z-arts; Artistic Director). You can watch some of the panels on our [YouTube channel].

We hosted an Employability Task Group youth creative industry careers panel, in conversation with the Creative Influencers, and featured workshops by Venture Arts, Odd Arts and Z-arts using the youth-informed CPD research, to explore classroom learning needs.

Join our database to keep in contact and get an invite to our next big event!  

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Thank you for another great year as we continue to grow MADE. To keep up to date, you can follow us on Instagram and Twitter to find out about any new resources and opportunities we’ve created and boosted from our partners!

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