Opened in 1995, The Ark is Europe's only custom designed cultural centre devoted exclusively to innovative arts programming for, by, with and about children.
Located in an award winning building in the heart of Temple Bar, Dublin's cultural quarter, The Ark houses an indoor theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre, gallery spaces and a workshop.
Central to the vision of The Ark is the belief that children, as citizens, have cultural entitlements equal to that of any adult. The Ark manifests this belief by presenting programming across the arts of the highest quality, in association with leading professionals. From classical to popular and traditional to cutting edge, The Ark is both setting standards and exploring new dimensions in children's arts provisioning.
The Ark generates most progamming itself, though sometimes visiting artists and companies are presented. Our mission is to provide children, aged between 4 and 14, with engaging, challenging and entertaining arts experiences.