Drapers Mills pupils champion the arts at special Animate Arts event

Young Art Leaders from Drapers Mills at Turner Contemporary

Three youngsters from Drapers Mills Primary Academy in Margate have taken part in a campaign to bring more art into schools.

Young Art Leaders Sahil Kargar, Priya Pathamakumar and Samuel Arthur attended Animate Arts Manifesto Day at Turner Contemporary. The programme, which Animate Arts directed, managed and secured funding for, brought together activists, campaigners, do-ers and supporters of education and creativity. Over the course of the day, the group built a manifesto to campaign for more art in schools for 2020. The three pupils presented to the room and are now ready to champion the arts and encourage more art in every school.

Teacher Gemma Comber said: “Our young people were given the opportunity to take centre stage and voice a very important message and commitment to getting more art into schools.

“The day was thought provoking and empowering; the children left feeling as though they had made a difference to other children’s lives. Art has the power to inspire children, engage communities and create futures.

“Upon hearing our children’s powerful presentation, creativity and educational consultant Susan Coles remarked ‘Children should run the world. They’ve got a lot more common sense and understanding of the need to shine a light on creativity than many adults have.’”

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