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

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

Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man

Men and girls dance together

London-based cross-artform company, Fevered Sleep discuss the motivation behind their piece, Men & Girls Dance.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man 2. No Boundaries 2017. Photo © No Boundaries. 3. Man doing pottery 4. Travelling Light Youth Theatre end of term summer sharing 2015. Photo: Camilla Adams / Travelling Light Theatre Company. 5. Liverpool Library on National Libraries Day 2016 © Graham Lucas Commons 6. No Credit Displaying 7. Faith Bekoe performs in Sanctum, Bristol. Photo © Max McClure / Situations Sanctum Bristol. 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