Arts Emergency

Arts Emergency helps marginalised young people overcome barriers to participation and success in higher education and the creative and cultural industries.

From a grassroots project in Hackney with eight students and a handful of volunteers, Arts Emergency is now a community of 7,000 professionals from the creative and cultural industries who have pledged to pass on opportunities and support to less privileged young people. Since we registered as a charity in 2013 we have provided expert mentors, work experience and free cultural activities to over 750 young people, with the vast majority going on to higher education, apprenticeships and employment in the cultural sector. We currently work in London, Greater Manchester and Thanet, and we’re launching in Merseyside in 2020.

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