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
Sir Nicholas Serota gave his first speech as Chair of Arts Council England at No Boundaries 2017.
Richard Russell blogs about his new role at the Arts Council, addressing barriers to young people’s access to arts and culture
ExploraTale: Bringing books to life for early years families in Devon
Darren Henley, our CEO, blogs about how we can ensure that creative talent flourishes.
The London Brain Project uses art to explore brain injury in children, with beautiful results
Young children and those with additional needs get their first taste of theatre this December