What is the Campaign about?

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The Family Arts Campaign is a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to raise family engagement with arts and culture.

Since our beginnings in 2012, we have focused on three main areas of work:

  • Increasing the amount and range of artistic work available to families
  • Increasing the quality of experience for families
  • Improving marketing to reach more families

We are here to support National Portfolio Organisations, museums, libraries, community groups, individuals, and anyone else looking to better connect families with arts and culture.

You can take part by signing up to the free Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards quality-marks, by attending training and events, or accessing our online resources library. You can also promote all of your family and age-friendly events for free as part of our Fantastic for Families  campaign.

Who is running the Campaign?

We are a cross-sector and cross-artform initiative steered by a consortium of ten organisations and trade bodies. Our lead partner organisation is The Albany.

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Kids in Museums 

The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Helen Featherstone Deputy Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cassie ChaddertonHead of UK Theatre & Membership Development, UK Theatre
Charlotte JonesChief Executive, Independent Theatre Council
Cath HumeExecutive Director, Arts Marketing Association
Robert O’DowdChief Executive, Rose Theatre Kingston
Gavin BarlowChief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
Matthew SwannChief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
Mark PembertonDirector, Association of British Orchestras
Katy SpicerChief Executive & Artistic Director, efdss
Anne TorreggianiExecutive Director, The Audience Agency
Karla Barnacle-BestCEO, Discover Children’s Story Centre
Paula Graham-GazzardNational Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Alison Bowyer and Laura BedfordExecutive Director and Head of Programmes, Kids in Museums

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Anna DeverHead of Campaign
Clair DonnellyProject Manager
Rukhsana JahangirFamily Arts Network Coordinator


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Promoting your events: new partnerships & live event feeds

A big part of our work at the Family Arts Campaign is supporting your existing marketing activity for your family events through our Fantastic for Families campaign.

You can be part of the year-round Fantastic for Families promotional campaign by uploading all of your family events to fantasticforfamilies.com.

Whilst we think that this website is a great one-stop-shop for families looking for activities to take part in together, the site is also a listings distribution database – we’re reaching out to a wide and diverse pool of partners who families are talking to and visiting regularly.

Some of these partnerships are live event feeds, where your listing will be carried across automatically, and meaning that your listing will appear in multiple national and local family-facing channels as well as our central website.

The live event feed system also means that if you update your event details via the Fantastic for Families database, your listing will be automatically updated across all partner sites, saving your time and energy.

All of our partners have a large reach and an established network of families. Please find a list of our partners so far below.

Event Feeds

Your event information will automatically feed through to:

Please note that what most of these feeds are ‘live’, some are pulled through once a day, and so there may be a slight delay in your listing appearing.

Other partners

Your event could also be covered by one of our other partners:

We’re working hard to expand our reach to families and adding to this list of partners.

Upload an event listing to fantasticforfamilies.com

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