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 – 19 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.