The National Voice of Children’s Arts
Campaigning – for children’s right to the arts.
Connecting – children’s arts practitioners.
Celebrating – children’s arts in the UK.
We are the voice of children’s arts in the UK. We aim to improve the cultural wellbeing of children by focusing attention on and encouraging support for children’s arts, and by celebrating and sharing the achievements of our practitioners.
“Every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
Click here for our Manifesto – Children’s Arts, Children’s Lives.
Click on the picture to hear children’s own voices in this video made for ACA by Whitespace with the support of Bath Festivals, 5x5x5=creativity and the egg.
Putting Children First
Children up to twelve years of age make up 15% of the population, but Freedom of Information requests made by Action for Children’s Arts last year revealed that only 1% of public funding for the arts supports work for children.
Action for Children’s Arts believes that the arts are as important for children as they are for adults – and deserve a fair share of the funding.
Click here to find out more.
Action for Children’s Arts is the only UK charity supporting all the arts for all children.
Terry Jones, Nick Park, Joanna McGregor, Lynne Reid Banks and Shirley Hughes OBE are just a few of our Patrons. Click here to see them all.
“With the ever-increasing focus on narrow academic success, it is more vital than ever to create an arts context for education. The lessons learnt in participating in drama and the performing arts – be they interpersonal skills or the mysteries of group dynamics – are often more useful in later life than a whole bookful of learned facts.”
If you support our aims, you can support ACA by:
Positions Vacant in Children’s Arts
ACA Part Time Assistant
Having recently undertaken anoperational review of our governance structure we are now looking to appoint a part-time assistant, on a freelance basis, to help with general administration, support our growing calendar of events and develop our membership. Click here for full details
Head of learning
Discover Children’s Story Centre, the UK’s first hands-on literature/literacy centre, based in Stratford, east London, is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual to play a key role in the strategic development of the charity, with responsibility for its learning and education programmes. Applicants should have a passion for children’s literature and literacy as well as excellent educational and project management experience.
Applications deadline: 6 July