The Serpentine is expanding its Education and Learning programme to ensure that thousands of children and young people each year engage with the arts and continue to be inspired by the benefits this engagement has.
20% of the UK is living in poverty totalling more than 13 million people and as a result, many families are exposed to unemployment and their children are at risk of underachievement. There are also over 1.1 million young people (16 to 24) in the UK who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
Arts education can help change this. Learning through arts and culture has been shown by the Cultural Learning Alliance to substantially improve young people’s life prospects and attainment in all subjects and students of arts subjects have higher employability and a greater likelihood of staying in employment. In addition, students from low-income families are three times more likely to get a degree if they participated in arts activities at school.
The Serpentine Galleries’ Education Programme aims to create opportunities for children, young people and the wider family network to enjoy contemporary art, architecture and design. In doing so, the Serpentine hopes to enhance a child’s early education, bring about greater community cohesion and, in turn, increase the confidence and sociability of all children and young people who take part.
We ask that you join the Learning Council and make a donation of £5,000. In return for your support of the Serpentine your involvement will deepen as you receive special invitations to all of the Galleries’ private exhibition openings, project receptions and complimentary Kids Club membership.
Learning Council membership and the associated benefits are available to any individual in return for the minimum annual payment of £875. However, Learning Council members are strongly encouraged to make an annual donation of £3,950 in addition to this payment. Provided that eligibility requirements are met, the donation amount will qualify for Gift Aid and the Serpentine will submit appropriate claims to HM Revenue & Customs.
Emily Gardener, Head of Major Gifts and Programme Fundraising
Telephone: 020 7402 6075