CHILDREN’S ARTS – ALIVE invites the youth arts sector to a consultation on the development of the Northern Ireland Manifesto for Children’s Arts to have your say!
An Information Session will be held at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on 11 March 2009, 10am to 12pm.
Children Arts – Alive is the Northern Ireland action group that has been campaigning successfully to raise awareness about the importance of the arts in children’s lives. The group has been set up because we believe that more needs to be done by local authorities and government to ensure that a child’s right to engage in the arts and culture is met.
The Northern Ireland campaign is being headed by Sticky Fingers and includes the arts organisations Replay and Cahoots NI. The action group has created a version of the English Manifesto that is unique and relevant to children living in Northern Ireland today. The Manifesto addresses the issues surrounding children rights to access quality arts activities regardless of religion, race or geographical location.
The Northern Ireland Manifesto will be launched formally on 13 May 2009 during Sticky Fingers Festival 2009, an international early years arts festival in Newry, Co Down.
The Manifesto has already received a great deal of support from political parties and Northern Ireland government departments, and the key aim is to proceed to full policy within three years.
The Manifesto is now open for consultation and we would welcome your comments and input. All interested groups and individuals are invited to attend an Information Session at the Arts Council in Belfast on 11 March 2009, 10am to 12pm.
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