About Us

Arts Connect is the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands. 

Our aim is that all children and young people in the region can access and enjoy a rich and meaningful arts and cultural life.

We believe that meaningful engagement with the arts and culture contributes to a thriving childhood and impacts on learning, achievement, attainment, wellbeing, health, creativity, career options, progression into higher education and wider benefits to participating in society. Our purpose is to improve opportunities for children and young people aged 0 – 25 to access, engage in and connect with high quality arts and cultural activity.

We run a variety of programmes across the region, and champion Artsmark and Arts Award.

Arts Connect is here to:

  • Support schools in offering high quality arts and cultural education
  • Support arts and cultural organisations in creating high quality experiences for young people
  • Link arts organisations, museums, libraries and artists with schools, children and young people
  • Develop and support networks across the West Midlands
  • Provide information about new opportunities on education and cultural policy
  • Provide information to those seeking career opportunities in the cultural and creative industries

What is the Bridge programme?

The Bridge programme is funded by Arts Council England, with the intention of improving access and opportunities for children and young people to engage with the arts and culture. There is a network of ten Bridge organisations in England, each of which delivers the programme in its region. Find out more about Bridge organisations here

What is Arts Connect?

Arts Connect is the Bridge programme for the West Midlands, funded by Arts Council England and run by the University of Wolverhampton in partnership with Culture Central.

Our aim is that all children and young people in the region can access and enjoy a rich and meaningful arts and cultural life.

We believe that meaningful engagement with the arts and culture contributes to a thriving childhood and impacts on learning, achievement, attainment, wellbeing, health, creativity, career options, progression into higher education and wider benefits to participating in society.

Arts Connect works across the West Midlands, including the urban local authorities of Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull, Coventry, Stoke on Trent and Telford & Wrekin as well as the shire counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

We run a variety of programmes across the region, and champion Artsmark and Arts Award.

How can I find out more about what you do?

Sign up to our monthly enews, read some of the examples of our work and partners’ achievements here or contact us directly if you have specific questions. You can read a more in-depth explanation of who we are and what we do in this document written by our Director.

Meet the team

If you would like to keep in touch with the latest news from Arts Connect and hear about opportunities in the arts and education sectors in the region, sign up to our monthly enews.