The Ark Strategy 2024-2028

We are delighted to share our new five-year strategy which steers The Ark into its fourth decade of art for children, sure in our purpose to realise children’s right to art and culture.

Over the next five years, we are committed to transforming how it reaches and engages children all over Ireland regardless of background. For almost 30 years, The Ark has created, commissioned and presented work for children aged 2-12 across a myriad of art forms. Our new strategy expands this work, including - for the first time - a new commitment to create work for babies, right from the very beginning of their lives.

Introducing the strategy today, our Director Aideen Howard said, “This new strategy steers The Ark into its fourth decade of art for children, sure in our purpose to realise children’s right to art and culture. To mark our 30th birthday in 2025 we will extend our reach to children from birth to 12 including babies in our programming for the first time. Working together with diverse artists we will create playful, experimental art for today and imagine the art of tomorrow. We look forward to removing financial barriers through free programmes and new investment in schools extending how we realise art in the lives of more children nationwide.”

The Ark will remain at the heart of artistic life for children in Ireland with a renewed purpose to realise children’s right to art and culture with ambition and joy. Our new strategy sets out our plan for doing this as a thriving, inclusive, sustainable, climate-friendly organisation, recognised for the integrity, influence and impact of our work.

The Children's Council present The Ark Strategy 2024-2028

Acknowledgements

Thank you to the artists, children, funding stakeholders and creative associates who so generously gave their time and shared their best thinking with us as part of the strategy development process.

The strategy was developed with the support of independent consultant Janice McAdam.

The Ark gratefully acknowledges its principal funders The Arts Council, The Department of Education and Dublin City Council.