Every child has the right to a rich and inspiring creative education.

The UK is known across the globe for its cultural riches, yet thousands of children have little or no opportunity to experience them.

We tackle inequality to transform the lives of children through the arts.

Many children living in poverty lack basic opportunities to broaden their horizons, leading to low academic attainment and poor self-esteem. No pupil’s education should be limited by the circumstances of their birth.

Those who could benefit the most from a creative education are the least likely to have access.

Participating in the arts helps children to understand the world around them; it overcomes barriers, improves communication and academic skills, and sparks the imagination.

Children & the Arts helps schools across the country to maintain a high quality arts provision, and arts as a tool to broaden the horizons of the children they teach and improve their life chances.

Research from the Cultural Learning Alliance shows that: 

  • Learning through arts and culture improves attainment in all subjects.
  • Participation in structured arts activities increases cognitive abilities.
  • Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree.
  • Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment.
  • Students who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer and are 20% more likely to vote as young adults.

We believe in an inclusive and accessible arts sector.

Many of the 50,000 children living with life-limiting conditions and their families miss out on family outings and creative experiences because the emotional, medical and logistical challenges they face seem insurmountable and they don't know if arts venues are accessible and welcoming.  

The arts allow children in hospice care to express themselves in nonverbal ways whilst giving families the opportunity to bond.

Overwhelming evidence shows that arts therapy can have a profound impact on personal fulfilment, encouraging relaxation, stress-reduction and supporting symptom relief and physical rehabilitation.

These types of activities are not easily available for children with complex disabilities. It is really important for my daughter to enjoy what she is doing in a relaxed environment and to have the chance to do different things.

Parent, Start Hospices 2013

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