6 Key Points from Arts Council England’s Youth Consultation

10th August 2017 - Adam Halls

As part of their 25 Year Creative Talent Plan, Arts Council England commissioned a youth consultation survey. Here are the main takeaways.

The survey was conducted in March of 2017 by  Bite The Ballot, a youth empowerment organisation which encourages young people to take an active role in changing society, and Sound Connections, an organisation that gives a voice to young people, particularly in matters of music. Between them they surveyed over 800 children and young people on their opinions about arts and culture.

Arts Council England’s survey looked at wide range of ages (7 – 25) with a broad geographic reach and different existing levels of engagement with arts and culture. Overall, those surveyed gave a range of responses but several key points emerged from the surveys and attendant roundtable discussions.

These key points are a plea for arts and cultural organisations, schools, parents and carers to consider the barriers to access. The hope is that they will trigger exploration of possible ways to work around them, so that all young people and children, regardless of background, have access to high quality arts and cultural experiences.

In doing this, Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) and Bridge organisations (such as We are IVE) can fulfil a crucial supporting role.

What can your organisation take away from these findings?

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