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Children's Art Day 2010, 12-18 July


Children’s Art Day 2010 aims to inspire children, teachers and families to engage with art. It is an initiative run by engage and supported by the Mayor of London and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

Organisers across the UK are invited to devise participatory visual arts events, and will receive support from engage to run and publicise their events. You'll be able to register your event, which must take place between 12-18 July, on the engage website, in the next few weeks. The first 150 events registered for Children's Art Day will be eligible for a grant of £50.

New for Children's Art Day in 2010 will be a visual arts competition for London schools from April to July 2010, which invites schools to use drawing as a basis for developing art and design projects through a variety of media. The competition, in partnership with The Big Draw is backed by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, who is a keen draughtsman and champion of drawing. Schools will be invited to submit examples of visual arts projects carried out by students on the engage website.

In 2009 more than 230 Children's Art Day events took place across the UK involving some 50,000 children, young people and adults, in galleries, schools and community settings. Go to http://www.engage.org/projects to find out more.

Children's Art Day takes place during Shine, a national festival celebrating talent in young people, which culminates in a week-long festival from 12-16 July.

Look out for details of how to register your event at www.engage.org in the coming weeks.

30 Mar 2010