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:
To see the full list, click here.
J.M.BARRIE CHILDREN’S ARTS AWARDS 2014
The event was hosted by the BBC and held in the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House on 13th November 2014.
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 given to Lynne Reid Banks, author of more than forty books for children and a tireless champion of children’s arts for many years.
The Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts was presented to Northern Ballet for their short ballets for small people. Two of these have ben adapted for broadcast by by CBeebies and over one million viewers have watched these beautiful shows. The Ugly Duckling was nominated for and subsequently one a Childrens BAFTA.
Members’ Awards 2014 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 this year to:
See all the pictures of the 2014 J.M.Barrie awards HERE
Watch the J.M.Barrie Awards 2014
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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.