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Child Action Group

Children are at the heart of everything we do at The Spark. This includes not only what we do artistically but also how we do it; we want to ensure children’s voices are heard, and most importantly action is taken. If you’d like to know more or to sign up register below.

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The Mega Bosses of Spark

More about The Mega Bosses of Spark

The group have been meeting since June 2023 and one of the first things they did was decide on a new name – The Mega Bosses of Spark!  They will help shape the future of The Spark to ensure our work is relevant to children and help drive our organisation, our events and activities over the coming years.

This is an exciting new chapter in The Spark’s 20 year history, and as we head to our 21st Spark Festival, will enable those children a seat at the table, the space to tell us what they want, what they like, what they don’t like and what will make The Spark Arts for Children even better!

The group formed of 8 to 13 year olds from across Leicester, will help us understand what kinds of arts and creative activities children want to see; and what ‘amazing’ looks like for them (rather than the adults in the room!).

How it works

We hold free monthly creative sessions enabling the group to see performances and take part in activities, develop their skills and confidence to evaluate work, and work with us to co-create our annual programme and 21st Spark Festival. We want to explore with the group:

  • What ‘quality’ (or really brilliant!) arts and creative experiences look and feel like for them
  • What artistic content (or shows and plays and art and stuff!) they would like to see at our next Festival
  • What artistic projects they/their school would benefit from (what they think would make school better?!)
  • What arts activity is missing in Leicester, that they would like to experience (or take their friends along to!)

The group are encouraged to be open, honest and challenge us as an organisation – and hold The Spark to account.

Think Channel 4’s Secret Life of 5 year olds,  mixed with a bit of The Apprentice, with a dash of Dragons Den, and imagine our Artistic Director  having to report back to the group on whether they’ve achieved the objectives set out by the Mega Bosses… or not. What could possibly go wrong?!

We think it’s going to be brilliant, and a load of fun for everyone involved. But most importantly it will position children at the heart of our organisation.

Get in touch if you are interested in joining. We’re looking for children who are:

  • Playful and creative (and who aren’t afraid to give us a piece of their mind!)
  • Ambitious and excitable (Individuals who like telling adults what to do!)
  • Passionate about any kind of art (Theatre, dance, visual art etc.)
  • Can commit regularly to the sessions

Interested in finding out more?