Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI) is an arts and well-being charity founded in 2007. We are a creative organisation that works to inspire and enrich communities across our region.

Though children and young people are at the heart of all our work, we design ways for people of all ages to develop their own curiosity and imagination by inviting them into playful environments and giving them the permission to express their own ideas.

Final exhibition, Howard Community Primary
Two girls, one in headscarf, in the woods
Boy in blue coat drawing flower

Our programmes aim to help participants foster deep connections with each other and the world on their doorsteps, and often take place in communities with particular challenges. We have developed long and fruitful relationships with many Cambridge institutions, including both universities, Addenbrooke’s hospital, the city and county councils, many schools, and the region’s leading mental health charities.  Recently we were proud to receive the 2020 BioMed Realty Award for Social Entrepreneurship at the Cambridgeshire Live Business Awards. We are a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on art, craft and design in education, and actively contribute to their evidence gathering work to demonstrate best practice.

CCI Threads

Our principles of practice, articulated in our mission statement and visualised above, are woven through our work and inform the development of our strategic aims and objectives.

Our Patrons: Robert Macfarlane and Michael Morpurgo.

  • As the world struggles with a climate emergency, a Covid crisis, and a racial injustice crisis, there can be no better time to imagine how things could be different. Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination is an inspiring example, showing that learning and teaching can be re-imagined and that the next generation is not bound to repeat the mistakes of the past.

    Daniel Zeichner, MP