How we help

Start

Partnering schools in high need areas of the UK with their local arts venue to provide three year programmes of inspiring and creative arts activities.

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Author: Dani Lucy

Start Hospices

Giving families with children in hospice care unique and therapeutic arts experiences across the UK.

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Author: Dani Lucy

Teaching Resources

Free, downloadable resources to help teachers champion the arts across the curriculum.

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Author: Dani Lucy

Latest from Children & the Arts

  • The importance of childhood

    Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children & the Arts, explains why it's important to address the cultural needs of children, in light of a recent insightful piece by children's TV star Anne Wood for Arts Council England. Read more

  • Why diversity should take 'centre stage'

    In response to the 'Centre Stage' report by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which warns the theatre may become irrelevant if it does not diversify, Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children & the Arts makes the argument for efforts to begin much earlier than in the audition panel. Read more

  • The proof is in the pudding pan

    Stella Fry, Art & Design Coordinator at Whitstable Junior School, describes Year 6's journey to becoming artists and makers with Start at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Read more

Why is Children & The Arts needed?

In the last 5 years…

  • 20% decrease in specialist art teachers

  • 25% reduction in GCSE arts entries - the largest year on year decline in over a decade

  • 25% decline in design and technology teachers despite the UK creative industry being worth £80bn

  • 30% fewer 5-10 year olds participate in out-of-school arts activities

  • 15% reduction in number of hours taught for arts subjects

How is Children & The Arts making a difference?

  • Half a million Children given unique arts experiences

  • 97% Teachers claim increased confidence and creativity in children

  • 6000+ partnerships with schools in the most deprived areas of the UK

  • 90% Teachers report positive impact on children's academic skills

  • 1000+ Terminally ill children and their families provided with therapeutic arts experiences