The Arts Society provides children and young people with exciting opportunities to get involved in creative arts activities. Our work with young people builds a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation. Young Arts opportunities are organised by individual Societies. Some Societies have on-going Young Arts Groups while others fund one-off Young Arts Projects. Young Arts Projects are arts related activities sponsored or organised by the local Arts Societies. They can be for the benefit of individuals or a number of young people. In 2012, £181,078 was given to various arts projects across the country, involving over 38,000 children and young people.

There is no set format for Young Arts Projects, instead, local Societies respond to local circumstances. A Society's involvement may be anything from sponsorship to hands-on organisation. Many involve partnerships with other local and national bodies. We have found that even a small grant can make a big difference.

Projects cover a wide range of activities. They include:

  • Artists in residence
  • Art lectures for students
  • Funding visits to art galleries and museums
  • Art exhibitions for young artists
  • Equipment purchases
  • Practical workshops
  • Local Arts Week events
  • Bursaries for individual students
  • Sponsorship for craft apprentices

Here, in Amersham, we fund projects for up to three schools each year. You can find more details of this year’s plans on our News Page.The image on the right comes from the "I CAN" Workshop run by connect2colour at Little Missenden School.