The Ark Opportunities Fund

For over 25 years, The Ark has championed every child’s right to enjoy excellent cultural experiences. We believe that all children have an equal right to delight in the magic of seeing an actor perform on stage, the thrill of hearing live music or the joy of exploring their own creativity in a visual art workshop.

Donations to The Ark Opportunities Fund will enable us to identify and reach out to children, families and schools in our community and making them feel welcome at The Ark. This fund will diversify our audiences by working to address social inequalities and overcome the barriers that prevent attendance, particularly for those who feel like the arts are “not for them”. The Ark Opportunities Fund will provide free access to events at The Ark to marginalised children in our society such as: classes in city centre disadvantaged schools, The Ark Children’s Council and children living in Direct Provision. This is your chance to make a difference to the lives of children and be part of unlocking a world of creativity by investing in our vision of a society where all children have an equal right to a playful, happy and imaginative childhood.

You can contribute to the fund by donating any amount, big or small, to enable us to create opportunities for all children to discover and love the arts. In return, donors to The Opportunities Fund receive bi-monthly updates on our work to broaden our audiences and deepen our engagement with marginalised children, they receive invites to special events at The Ark and are acknowledged on our website. By donating €250 or more per year, your donation will go further by allowing us to claim an additional 31% tax relief from Revenue, with your permission. We suggest donating €125, €250, €500 or €1000, which can help us to do some of the following:

  • €125 can provide a weeklong CPD course to equip and empower a teacher to deliver creative activities in their DEIS classroom
  • €250 can pay for performance or workshop tickets for two DEIS school groups
  • €500 can buy 40 public performance or workshop tickets for children who would otherwise miss out
  • €1000 can cover the cost of artist facilitators, materials and tickets for one Children’s Council session