Cultural Learning Alliance

If we fail to offer our young people the opportunity to
participate in the arts and culture, then we fail to support them in becoming the leading thinkers, innovators, creative business and community leaders of the future

Lord Puttnam, Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance
ImagineNation: The Case for Cultural Learning



What was your most memorable cultural experience when you were young and how has it stayed with you?

Below is a sample of your inspiring examples of the power of cultural learning. Please see the menu on the right for more videos and stories.

Ashley Walters, Musician & Actor

Ashley Walters, Musician & Actor
“The whole experience left a big impression”
Dr Paul Strickland, TimeMachineFun

I left school with a D in woodwork, told I was thick as a plank, ironically. 7 Years later I got a PhD. I became a senior lecturer and decided their was a need for perivate investment and independant resources, where you people could explore, vai project led learning. We have just opened the new center and launched Its a long time since I was at school, and if you have read this far will realise I suffer from dyslexia. The center is unique, in that the exhibits are experiments and we take things apart and 'shake the science out of them', every part had to be designed, engineered and manufactured. We then repair, reuse or recycle. I hope young people are allowed like me to think outside of the box and able to explore the richness of creativity, its not easy but its fun
John Pout, Headteacher, Rainhill High School – Media Arts College

My cultural learning was somewhat eclectic, but formative and powerful. Growing up on a farm in the Peak District meant access to a metropolitan cultural experience was limited. As a young child being taken to the ‘Nutcracker’ ballet created a sense of awe and excitement that is explicit in live performance. As a youngster the sense of atmosphere and collective experience will never leave me. The power of performance conveying powerful messages has always been addictive. Whether it be seeing Glenda Jackson in ‘Mother Courage’, Ian McKellen in ‘Bent’ or the West End production of ‘Billy Elliott’. As a teenager seeing bands like Specials, Madness and The Jam live communicating energy and passion to a committed audience. I love to see the power of the arts when my students produce their own creative work – whether it's visual or performance based. Powerful arts experiences make you think, trigger emotions and above all unleash creative talents which we all possess.
John Hart, Specialist Schools & Academies Trust

At the age of 17, thanks to the skill of an A-level English teacher and his inspirational teaching of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, I understood the joy of poetry. As a consequence of this I chose to read English Literature at university and have subsequently thoroughly enjoyed my career as a teacher. This experience taught me that a skilled and knowledgeable teacher can have a long-lasting impact on his or her students. A passionate joy of the arts can enthuse others with quite profound and long-lasting consequences.
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