ACA meeting January 11th with Anne Appelbaum and Lindsey Pugh Senior Ofﬁcers Children, Young People and Learning at Arts Council England, with David Wood, Chair and Vicky Ireland Vice-Chair, as suggested by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.
Aim of meeting
To find out about ACE current activities and thinking
To introduce ACA to officers
To share concerns
To consider solutions
ACA meeting withBaroness Bonham Carter’s DCMS policy group at the House of Lords
David Wood (Chair) and Vicky Ireland (Vice Chair) were invited to speak to this group, thanks to Patron Baroness Floella Benjamin.Baroness Jane Bonham Carter is the Lib Dem spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport.Between 15-20 people attended, a mixture of parliamentarians and outside individuals who are invited because they have a particular CMS interest.The aim of the group is to identify policy areas the group can work on and formulate an approach to oral questions in the house.
The aim of our visit was to have a question raised on our behalf, in the House ofLords.
Earlier this year, ACA sent a survey to members asking them to suggest potential causes for a decline in professionally produced arts for children. The survey identified some key areas that need to be addressed, regarding restrictions in funding and limitations in the National Curriculum itself.
Survey respondents have been invited to attend a round table hosted by ACA at The Young Vic on Tuesday 22 September. In this session, we will discuss the issues presented, aim to find a sustainable course of positive action, and examine how ACA can help further raise the profile of children’s arts.
If you are interested in following the conversation, or contributing your own thoughts, follow us on Twitter @ChildrensArts and tweet us on the day using #….. You can also keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates after the event about findings, and future related action.