A partnership of cultural organisations and children’s services providers, led by East Sussex County Council, with match funding from Arts Council England, is producing an ambitious two year programme of arts and culture for very young children (0-2) and children with special needs, and a creative programme of professional development for cultural organisations, early years practitioners, and families.
Open Sesame builds on the success of the previous Open Sesame partnership project managed by Culture Shift (2011-13).
An account of the first year of this programme (2014-15) can be found here.
During 2015-16 the Open Sesame programme will continue to deliver an ambitious programme of activity under a number of strands. These include:
This innovative and broad-reaching programme will be managed by Culture Shift and delivered by Octopus Inc with and on behalf of East Sussex County Council and a range of cross-sector partners from Early Years, museums and libraries, heritage, the arts and universities.
Sally Staples, Cultural Strategy Manager for East Sussex County Council, says, ‘Open Sesame is an innovative project that fosters collaborative partnerships between artists, early years practitioners and cultural organisations. Putting children at the centre of the work, Open Sesame will extend creative practice that supports children’s development and nurtures creativity in the adults who care for them…. We hope to achieve a significant shift in thinking in the cultural sector about the needs of this age group and their parents and carers, aligned to the positive role that culture can play in the lives of diverse audiences.’
In summary, the project aims to
Confirmed partners in 2015-16:
Open Sesame is kindly supported by Arts Council England, East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Arts Partnership and East Sussex Music Hub.
This project is produced by Culture Shift. Please direct enquiries to Hannah Osmond email@example.com or 07780 708864.
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