Programmes like Artsmark and Arts Award help us to deliver art and cultural education across England
Involvement with arts and culture is crucial to imagination, self-expression and creativity in young people. It also develops the skills that fuel the success of the UK’s creative industries, and that will result in the next generation of creative talent across the country.
The Cultural Education Challenge
Our call for the arts, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent, and high quality, arts and cultural education for all children and young people.Get involved
The Arts Council works with the Department for Education, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, cultural organisations and artists, schools, cultural partners, broadcasters, local authorities, Higher and Further Education institutions and other partners to ensure the provision of excellent art, museums and libraries for all children and young people.
Since 2012, the Department for Education and the Arts Council have invested £267 million in a range of music and cultural education programmes. The largest investment has been made by the Department for Education for Music Education Hubs (£245 million over four financial years). Explore these pages to find out more about the other programmes we support.
The Arts Council also invests public funds in a National Portfolio of 663 arts organisations and 21 Major Partner Museums, with the vast majority of them committed to work with children and young people.
Find out how we're supporting music education across the country
Discover how we're working with our partners to meet the Cultural Education Challenge
Latest news, blog posts and case studies
Diana Walton reflects on Arts Award’s 10th birthday and its lasting impact on young people
How our In Harmony programme is using music to transform the lives of school pupils in deprived communities
Headteacher Andy Gamble blogs about how our In Harmony programme has transformed his two schools
Widening access to the arts for children and young people in Brighton & Hove
We want to give young people more opportunities and make great art and culture more widely available, no matter the background
A record number of entries for the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards, inspired by Trafalgar Square's famous contemporary artworks.