Future Views is a forward-looking research project, creating tools to help imagine the next generation of cultural learning in 20 years’ time.
Royal Opera House Bridge, Artswork and Festival Bridge are working together with Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) across the South East. They have commissioned us, Flow, to organise a series of discussions and trial a toolkit, to explore how emerging technologies, organisational behaviours and critical trends in the world might shape cultural learning in a local context.
We’re using processes inspired by Speculative Design to create inspiring tools that are rooted in reality while unleashing imagination about the future. We’ll work with groups of young people and experts in three locations, and here online, to explore big questions about making and consuming culture, learning, and working in the future. This process will produce three local Route Maps to 2036 – suggesting paths to preferred futures in terms of creative, cultural and digital learning.
The Future Views Toolkit will then be made available to any other cultural learning partnerships to help plan their own local Route Map to 2036.
As this project is about the next generation of cultural learning, it makes sense to offer a definition of this. The Cultural Learning Alliance describes it as “active engagement with the creation of arts and heritage” and gives more detail here. ACE-supported Cultural Education Partnerships are less about defining the limits of creative, artistic and heritage experiences, and more about nurturing connections in places so that there are no limits on the imaginative and creative opportunities for children and young people.
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