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.
THE NATIONAL VOICE OF CHILDREN’S ARTS
for children’s right to the arts.
children’s arts practitioners.
children’s arts in the UK.
“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.” Article 31, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
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.
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.” Terry Jones
If you support our aims, you can support ACA by:
becoming a member – click here to find out how much it costs and how you can benefit
making a donation – as much or as little as you want, using the link on this page.
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.
This August, we are teaming up with the Globe to present a groundbreaking new Inspiration Day
Globe Theatre 28th August 2014 10am – 5pm
What is Immersive Art? Join us to find out more about how practitioners in this field create participative arts experiences in which audience members give up their passive “observer’’ status and become actively involved in the narrative. What will the day involve? You will be treated to a morning performance of the Globe’s multi award winning immersive theatre piece for children and families, Muse of Fire, followed by an afternoon of keynote speeches from leading practitioners in the field followed by refreshments, Q&A and discussion.
Have fun, gain insight, network and learn how to create, programme and market this exciting new art form.
How much does it cost? Tickets are great value for money at £55 for non-members, £45 for ACA members, £35 concessions and include both morning coffee on arrival and complimentary afternoon wine. Spaces are limited, so secure your place now by
Every year, ACA celebrates children’s arts by making awards to artists who make work for children.
Last year, the awards were presented on Friday 18 October 2013 at the Unicorn Theatre, London. This year’s awards will take place sometime in the Autumn. Keep an eye on this page or sign up for updates via one of the social media channels below.
The J.M.Barrie Award is presented to an individual artist who has made a lasting contribution to children’s arts. Last year, the award was presented to LYNNE REID BANKS, author of more than forty books for children and a tireless champion of children’s arts for many years.
A new award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts was presented to LYN GARDNER for championing children’s theatre in her work as a theatre critic for The Guardian.
Click here to read her acceptance speech, which was subsequently published on her blog.
Members’ Awards are presented every year to individuals and organisations nominated by ACA members for the difference their work makes to children’s lives through the arts. The awards were presented last year to:
JUDE MERRILL MBE
SPEAKING UP FOR CHILDREN’S ARTS
As the national voice of children’s arts we take every opportunity we can to make the case for the importance of the arts in children’s lives.
Click on the pictures to hear two of our patrons, Sir Ken Robinson and Michael Morpurgo OBE, making the case on our behalf in specially recorded videos.