listening to children

Listening to Children: call for submissions

Listening to Children: call for submissions

Are you under 13? Are you concerned about your future? Got ideas you want to share? We want videos, art and poetry from YOU exploring the following ideas:

  • What do like about life in the UK?
  • What would you like to change?
  • What are the important things in your life?
  • What is the role of creativity in your life?

You can answer just one of these questions, or tackle all four! We want to know what you think about what is happening to your country right now. 

Send your creation to mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk with a submissions form attached. You can download the permission form by clicking here. Make sure you get a parent or guardian to sign it first!

Are you a teacher? Get your whole class to take part! Email mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk if you need any ideas or further guidance.

Listening to Children – phase two

Listening to Children – phase two

Earlier this year, we asked children from four Youth Theatre groups to tell us why they loved the arts as part of our Listening to Children project. We were delighted to devise this video, which was sent with a letter to MPs across the country.

On 20 November we will launch Listening to Children – phase two at the National Theatre. As part of this, we want to hear from children across the country – those who have access to the arts, and more importantly those who don’t. We are calling on you to help us reach those children. If you would like to be a partner organisation on this project, please email our Development Officer Mimi Doulton at: mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk

Write to your MP

Write to your MP

ACA has been busy writing to all 650 MPs asking them to sign our pledge for the arts created by children and young people. We have been delighted to have a cross-party response.

We have already received signatures from the following MPs:

  • Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen (Labour)
  • Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West (Labour)
  • Sarah Champion, MP for Rotheram (Labour)
  • Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North (Labour)
  • David Drew, MP for Stroud (Labour)
  • Mark Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster (Conservative)
  • Vicky Ford, MP for Chelmsford (Conservative)
  • Nia Griffith, MP for Llanelli (Labour)
  • Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon (Conservative)
  • Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood (Labour)
  • Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West (Liberal Democrat)
  • Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford (Conservative)
  • Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East (Labour)
  • Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham (Conservative)
  • Laura Pidcock, MP for North West Durham (Labour)
  • David Simpson, MP for Upper Ban (DUP)
  • Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds Northwest (Labour)
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds, MP for Torfaen (Labour)
  • Derek Twigg, MP for Halton (Labour)
  • Giles Watling, MP for Clacton (Conservative)

If your MP is not on this list, please do write to them on our behalf as the message is always more powerful from a constituent. Our letter can be downloaded by clicking here. If you need help finding your MP’s contact details, please email mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk or get in touch via social media.

 

Information for Press:

Action for Children’s Arts is a national membership organisation embracing all professionals working in children’s arts and all those who share our beliefs. It is dedicated to the promotion, development and celebration of all creative and performing arts for and with children.

Further information: mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk

A pledge for children’s arts

A pledge for children’s arts

Throughout this 2017 election campaign we have been reaching out to children and young people across the country, asking them to send in their thoughts on how MPs should pledge to protect children’s arts for the future. Below is the pledge that we have created from their contributions:

In creating the future, we ask you to recognise:

  • The importance of early-years (children and infants aged 0-5).
  • That play is an essential part of education, ensuring good physical and mental health in our children.
  • That the arts are the principal trainers of the imagination.
  • The need to listen to and talk with children when making political decisions that affect their futures.

It is every child’s right, every day, to have time to create, imagine and play.

We will be sending this pledge to every elected MP in the country, asking them to write back and state their commitment to children’s arts during their time in office. ACA will be issuing a list of supporting MPs to several press organisations and media outlets at the time of it’s AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at the House of Lords.

 

If you would like to attend and are a member, please RSVP to the invitation in your inbox. If you would like to attend and are not a member, you can join at childrensarts.org.uk/join

What’s your pledge?

What’s your pledge?

What’s your pledge?

National charity Action for Children’s Arts is inviting children and young people from across the country to send in a pledge for children’s arts.

Submissions will be used to compile a short pledge-card. This will be issued to politicians nationwide in the run up to the General Election, asking them to guarantee their commitment to providing a future for children’s arts in the UK. Participants can either send in a written or recorded/filmed pledge. Our favourite entries will be compiled into a sound-bite to help spread the message.

 

Here is an example to get you started: “Every child, every year: a play, a concert, a gallery, a museum.”

 

WE WELCOME SUBMISSIONS FROM ANYONE AGED 16 OR UNDER. CLOSING DATE IS 7PM ON MONDAY 8 MAY 2017.

 

How to get involved:

 

  1. Write 25 words that you think make a strong, snappy statement in support of all children in the UK having the chance to watch and participate in creative activities such as music, art, drama or dance.
  2. Create a 15 second audio recording or film that makes a bold statement in support of all children in the UK having the chance to watch and participate in creative activities such as music, art, drama or dance.

Ask a parent/guardian/carer to email your entry to: mimi.doulton@childrensarts.org.uk

In your email please include:

  • Entrant’s name
  • Entrant’s age
  • Entrant’s hometown
  • Contact email address
  • Permission from a parent/guardian/carer to share your submission. If you have sent a video, please state whether or not we may use your image.

 

This information will not be shared at any stage in the process.

 Please note that only the audio will be used from filmed entries unless permission is granted to use your image.