Some places to visit for ideas and information about arts, education and children's participation
In Denmark the government's 'open school' reform encourages partnerships between schools and 'external learning environments'. You can read more about the Culture Ministry's work to promote and develop arts partnerships and apply for funding to support this on the Danish Arts Foundation's site.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states in Article 31 that children have the right to rest, leisure, play and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. The Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland has child friendly information and good advice for those working with children's participation.
The Cultural Learning Alliance is a group that advocate for 'meaningful access to culture' for all children and young people. Its 'evidence, briefings and practice' pages have a wealth of information on the arts in relation to health, employability, early years and STEAM education amongst other topics.
Where we hunt for treasure
Our favourite place to hunt for materials is Skatkammeret Center for Design, Creativity and Re-use. There is always something fun and random to pick up that inspires us and our participants to think creatively about how to re-purpose it into art. There are places like this all over the world - maybe there is one near you that you can (re)use?