WHAT WE DO
Foundation for FutureLondon fundraises for the people, places and organisations of the East Bank, London’s new innovation, arts, and creative quarter. We work with east London, London, UK and global partners, philanthropists and funding foundations to create real opportunities for our local communities.
FUNDING CREATIVE SCHOOLS
Creative Schools tackles the real-world challenges faced by schools through innovative creative projects. It brokers projects through a broad and growing network of cultural partners to give arts and culture a bigger voice in education.
Creative Schools, led by Stratford Circus Arts Centre on behalf of the East London Cultural Education Alliance (ELCEA), is an amazing opportunity to expand the reach of life-enhancing arts and cultural education and deliver projects in schools across six boroughs of east London. The programme also provides training, advice and consultancy to schools and school leaders.
The programme works closely with school leaders to understand their broader priorities (beyond the arts) and their aspirations for pupils. Following this, schools are matched with cultural organisations from the Creative Schools’ network to deliver new projects and create meaningful and long-lasting partnerships.
We are delighted to be a supporter and funder of Creative Schools. We are committed to continuing our support for at least the next three years, having seen the impact that the programme is having in nurturing and supporting young creativity in East London.
And we look forward to playing our part in linking local schools with the world class cultural institutions making the East Bank their home.
“With generous and long-term support from Foundation for Future London, we can offer more teachers the chance to explore their own creativity and pass these skills and passion on to the next generation. We can broker exciting creative projects that meet a real need in schools. This year we are bringing more poetry, design thinking, creative-problem solving, film and dance projects into classrooms across east London to inspire the next generation.”
Dr Lucia Yandoli
Creative Schools Programme Manager
Find out more at www.creativeschools.london
All images copyright Creative Schools 2019
STEP INTO THE SMITHSONIAN
Our support for STEP illustrates our mission to connect east London’s creative talent to world class cultural institutions and our East Bank partners.
We are proud to partner with A New Direction through Create Jobs by supporting STEP into Smithsonian, a programme which provides young east Londoners an immersive three-week experience at the world’s largest museum and East Bank partner, the Smithsonian Institution.
Whilst in the USA, trainees visit many of the Smithsonian’s museums and research centres, exploring a diversity of topics including; photography and print, graphic design, African American history, popular culture, natural history, global art forms and much more.
Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. This unique experience will support the Smithsonian in their mission to develop the next generation of talent for the sector, as well as providing an unrivalled creative job opportunity for young east London talent.
“STEP into the Smithsonian is a unique opportunity to learn how to apply my background in anthropology in a more practical way. I think museums are beautiful because they open up academic fields, like anthropology, to everyone. I want to develop my curatorial practice, building on my existing background in arts festival production.”
Mohammed Rahman, STEP intern
Read Mohammed’s blog here
“STEP into the Smithsonian will provide me with invaluable experience and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to develop my ideas. I’m looking forward to bringing what I’ve learnt about culture in the USA back to East London, using this to influence and improve my community here.”
Chess Charles, STEP intern
Image credits: Ketishia Vaughan & Eric Aydirini
FUNDING THE COMMUNITY
FUNDING THE COMMUNITY
Grassroots cultural organisations have a significant impact on communities, economies and well-being. Recognising this, we have started to develop a people and place-led programme of activity, to pilot with and alongside local community hubs & organisations.
We’ve called the first phase of the programme Foundations, as we concentrate on getting to know our local audiences and community organisations making a difference across East London.
Foundations is just the start. We want to collaborate with local grassroots organisations to:
Demonstrate our commitment to funding local programming & cultural infrastructure
Take risks and test radical new approaches to co-designing and producing collaborative work
Develop local arts workforce & supporting local talent
Partner with communities to cultivate forward thinking relationships that deliver social and economic impact
Amplify & support communities, artists and organisations’ local ambitions
Develop potential collaborative projects with our East Bank partners via the Creative Content Group
This pilot programme is principally targeted at residents of the four Olympic host Boroughs (Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest). Over Autumn 2019 we will be working with and across a number of local community hubs to co-design a programme of activity to support the development of extant arts and culture activity. This will include audience-led local programming, youth and professional development opportunities, internships, creative learning workshops/classes, commissions, artist open calls, arts and community grants, and networking.
We will be posting information about our local programming plans, upcoming events and opportunities here and across our social media platforms, so watch this space and join us.