Cultural Organisations

Following the pilot of Artsmark’s supporter programme with arts and cultural organisations, we are responding to sector demand for a formalised engagement programme with the development of Artsmark Champions.

Over the next six months we will test and develop the concept of Artsmark Champions to support organisations to engage with schools and become involved with Artsmark.

Testing will take place with Artsmark’s supporter pilot organisations, Artsmark Advisory Group and a wide range of schools and arts and cultural organisations from early 2017.

It is hoped that we will be able to launch Artsmark Champions at the start of the 2017/18 academic year - in good time for those organisations applying for Arts Council England’s National Portfolio funding, who need to incorporate Artsmark champion activity into their business planning for the 2018-2022 Investment Round.

Once launched, Artsmark Champions will comprise a searchable database to allow schools to find local cultural partners to support their Artsmark journey. It will include a series of events for the sector, supporting organisations’ understanding and practical engagement with the refreshed Artsmark programme, in order that they can speak to their school partners in an informed way about Artsmark.

Artsmark Champions will provide a platform for organisations to develop their quality offer and promote this to local schools undertaking the Artsmark journey. Ultimately, a framework will be created through which organisations can measure and develop their journey with Artsmark and schools. The framework will outline a clear progression so that organisations can use it as a valuable developmental tool.

Artsmark Champions will articulate our ambitions and expectations of how organisations can meaningfully engage with schools and contribute to the Cultural Education Challenge through Artsmark.

Organisations should contact their local Bridge organisation for further information about Artsmark and the local Cultural Education strategy.

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's so important that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport