Children & The Arts

In 2006 HRH The Prince of Wales founded the independent charity Children & the Arts after visiting a school in Birmingham where pupils were getting to grips with Romeo & Juliet, but had never been to the theatre to see the play performed. Thousands of children leave school having never set foot in an art gallery, watched a performance in a theatre, or listened to an orchestra play.

We know that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on young people: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, improving communication skills and unlocking creativity. We champion the power of the arts to transform lives and strive towards a future where all children in the UK gain access to the arts.

Our mission is to reach out to the many children who are denied access to cultural venues.

Children & the Arts engage with disadvantaged children nationwide who do not have access to high-quality arts activity because of either social or economic barriers. Through a network of partners we use the arts as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit.

We are the only national educational charity committed to ensuring that all children in the UK are inspired by the arts.

Children & the Arts is supported by a range of ambassadors from the world of the arts, all dedicated to helping reach as many children as possible. We also have a dedicated team of trustees who govern and decide the direction of the charity. Furthermore, our staff work together to organise all Children & the Arts’ projects and events.

We create long-term partnerships between arts organisations and their local schools in disadvantaged areas through our funding programme: Start.

We run large-scale national arts projects called Quests.

Through our Catalyst teacher training programme, we empower teachers to feel confident bringing arts into the classroom.

We have worked with more than 100 arts organisations across the UK and introduced over 100.000 children to the arts.

Chief Executive, Children & the Arts, Jeremy Newton


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