Goal 5: children and young people

A young boy plays a cello.

Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries

Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries

We want to invest in arts organisations, museums and libraries that focus on creating high-quality arts and cultural learning experiences for, by and with children and young people. We want to galvanise and facilitate local partnerships, and to work with the Department for Education and other partners to ensure a coherent, national approach to the provision of excellent arts and culture for all children and young people.

What will success look like?

  • more children and young people have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries
  • more children and young people receive a high-quality cultural education in and out of school
  • arts organisations, museums and libraries are delivering high-quality arts and cultural experiences for children and young people

Find out more about Goal 5 by reading our strategy, Great art and culture for everyone, or explore the links below.

Goal 5 in action

Primary school aged pupils taking part in a Samba drumming workshop

All our children

Richard Russell blogs about his new role at the Arts Council, addressing barriers to young people’s access to arts and culture

A black and white artwork inspired by childhood brain injury

Beyond my Brain

The London Brain Project uses art to explore brain injury in children, with beautiful results

Image of lady dressed as elf playing piano with lots of little children around

Theatre for children

Young children and those with additional needs get their first taste of theatre this December

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Primary school aged pupils taking part in a Samba drumming workshop 2. No Credit Displaying 3. Beyond my Brain artwork by Holly Birtles © London Brain Project 4. "We Are Hull" projections on Hull City Hall 5. Santa Town by Proteus Theatre, 2015. Image © Chuck Douglas. 6. Lindsey Hall, CEO of RiO and Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP- Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport - meeting schoolchildren at the Market Hall, Devonport. Photo: Tom Brewer 7. Photo © Max McClure 8. Photo: James Berry & Spitalfields Music 9. Yasmin Vardimon Dance Company: Yesterday. Photo © Alastair Muir 10. Stopgap Dance Company: Artificial Things. Photo © Chris Parkes 11. Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love stories), Kneehigh Theatre. Photo © Steve Tanner 12. Illustration © Arts Council England