Waltham Forest Council funds trip to Smithsonian Institution as part of Cultural Leadership Programme

11 March 2019
Cultural leadership at the Smithsonian

Waltham Forest is teaming up with the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets, as well as London Legacy Development Corporation, the Foundation for Future London and Create Jobs to fund an exciting international experience for one local-resident aged 18-30 to the Smithsonian Institution.

This opportunity sits within the London Borough of Culture’s Cultural Leadership programme. The Council has committed to develop 100 inspiring creative and cultural leaders aged 16-25, through a programme designed to build on their creative skills and entrepreneurialism, with real life experiences of work.

The experience for the successful applicant comprises a three-day London bootcamp, and an immersive three-week experience in America at the Smithsonian Institution. The programme will support young Londoners to build their skills and connections to kick-start a career in the cultural sector. One applicant from each of the four participating boroughs will be selected from a pool of 40, following a shortlisting process and interview.

Cllr Paul Douglas, Junior Cabinet Member for Culture said, “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for a young person in our borough. As the Mayor of London’s first London Borough of Culture leaving a legacy has always been at the forefront of our minds when designing programmes such as our Cultural Leadership Programme.

"The lucky person will not only gain an amazing experience, but they will be able to bring back what they learn and help raise the aspirations of young people in the borough.”

The Cultural Leadership programme will deliver a step change in the diversity and representation of the borough’s creatives, by targeting females, those in care, people from lower socio-economic groups and the BAME community. It is designed to increase the participation of diverse young people in meaningful employment in the creative industries, and offer opportunities bespoke to the participant.

The application process and more information can be found on the Create Jobs website.