LONDON, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of school-age children from disadvantaged communities in Britain are to be given unique behind-the-scenes access to some of the country's best known galleries, museums and theaters, it was announced Tuesday.
A government backed program will pilot in three areas from next month targeting areas where fewer people visit cultural venues.
The scheme, announced by newly appointed culture secretary Karen Bradley, is aimed at increasing access to arts.
Young people aged from 11 on the program will experience a range of cultural activities, such as free visits to theaters, behind the scenes access to museums and galleries, and exclusive trips to world class venues, to help them develop a lifelong love of the arts.
The first wave of 600 participants in Liverpool and Blackpool, Birmingham as well as Barking and Dagenham will also build new skills, including being tour guides and encouraged to study culture as a career.
Secretary Bradley said: "Arts and culture are an integral part of British society. It boosts tourism, improves our wellbeing and provides a source of local pride and identity. We want to ensure it is available to everyone, no matter what their background.
"The Cultural Citizens Program will open doors for hundreds of young people across the country, so they can enjoy our fantastic arts and culture scene, and gain the skills to build careers in this thriving sector," said Bradley.
Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England, said: "Our investment in the Cultural Citizens Program will help to ensure more children and young people have the opportunity to engage with art and culture, regardless of their background." Enditem