Creating and strengthening relationships with existing and potential family audiences is the key to building child/family friendly arts venues. This short, practical guide details three key steps to make progress:
- Understand the concept of family friendliness and how it applies to arts
- Look at venues from a child and family friendly perspective and assess its strengths and weaknesses
- Identify what needs to be done to become more child and family friendly and develop plans for action.
What is family friendliness?
Sarah Argent provides a useful definition of family friendliness in the Research Study into a Network of Centre for Arts for Children and Young People in Scotland, 2000. She uses the phrase ‘child and family friendly’ as shorthand for venues ‘in which children, young people and their families and carers feel comfortable and welcomed... demonstrated in the physical space and its facilities and in the attitude of the staff...(it is) a space in which work programmed and created for these groups can be seen to its best advantage without being compromised artistically.’