Since 2006 Children & the Arts has transformed the lives of over 100,000 children, introducing them to the inspirational world of the arts.
We know that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on children: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, improving communication skills and unlocking creativity. However, many children leave school without experiencing a proper introduction to the arts, especially those children living in areas of social and economic deprivation. Our work proactively addresses this need.
Through nurturing long-lasting partnerships between arts organisations UK-wide and schools in their local areas, we introduce children with little or no previous arts engagement to our rich cultural heritage. Regular participation in arts workshops and visits to their local arts venue allow the children involved to experience a world they may not have known existed.
Our two core programmes, Start and Quests both highlight the potential of learning outside the classroom, enabling children to see high quality performances and exhibitions at their local theatre, gallery, concert hall or museum and empowering their teachers to bring the inspiration back into the classroom.
Read about the impact that Children & the Arts has made:
Start has given the children at Henry Fawcett experiences that they would never have had without the support of Children & the Arts. They have spent eight weeks working with a choreographer in school developing a dance piece based on the two performances that they have seen at Sadlers Wells Theatre. These workshops culminated in a celebration event for all eight schools at the Royal Festival Hall. All the students performed on stage in the Clore Ballroom stage for their families and the general public.
Melvyn & James’s Story
Since participating in the project their confidence has soared, instilling in them a real desire to perform. Their school has recieved letters from their parents commenting on the change in them. Both of them are more able and willing to speak up in other classes, their oral skills have improved and they are much more able to articulate their thoughts.
Sam is a Year 6 pupil who has been taking part in activities with Brighton Dome through Children & the Arts’ Start programme. Since arriving at school Sam has been uninterested in his lessons and contributed very little. Although a bright and articulate boy he has found it difficult to make friends and often seems tired and unhappy.
Leah loved participating in Children & the Arts’ MusicQuest project. She really enjoyed listening to classical music pieces and was thrilled to hear the opening piece, Bolero, at the White Rock Theatre – the focus piece for the class composition.
John is a Year 8 pupil from Burnley. His school is partnered with Burnley Youth Theatre through Children & the Arts’ Start programme. Their workshop leader was warned on arrival at the school for an introductory workshop that John was “difficult” and probably wouldn’t participate.
A Teacher’s Story
“We forget how the experience of live theatre is not the ‘norm’ in many children’s lives. The in-house drama workshops and two theatre visits provided by Unity Theatre as part of our Start project captivated our pupil’s imaginations and generated an interest in further visits to see live performances.”