Kids Will Take Over UCV

Kids Takeover Arts Festival Coming to UCV

Our first event will be June 24th.

Learn to play Phroagh Frog with CoA kids

Make an ATC (Artist Trading Card) of a chalice (and then trade).

Participate in a free-wheeling discussion about the kids takeover in various groups. Be a bee or a butterfly–flit from one table to another or land on a topic and hang out there.

Hosts at each table will encourage brainstorming around: what would it look like if kids took over:

  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Sunday morning
  • Dinners and lunches at UCV (Messy church plus)
  • What would the ground rules be?

Send suggested topics to the Kids Takeover Team or show up with your topic.

We have a budget for art supplies and desert. Is there someone who could arrange the pie and ice cream for 1:20pm?

More about Kids Take Over

Inspired by Kids Takeover UBC (who in turn were inspired by Britain’s Arts and Culture Kids Takeover), I am starting an initiative (with Arts Committee support) to plan an Arts Festival for next fall or the following spring (depending on interest and offers from other UCVers).

Liam attended the Kids Takeover UBC event with his family.

There’s a great start for a committee: Liam and Noella two of our coming-of-agers have joined up.

Looking for a young adult and a parent/guardian of one or more babies (to represent their babies).

Mary Bennett, instigator and co-conspirator

Contact me if you have ideas or would like to join the team planning this event. I’ll pass ideas along to our team.

You’re probably wondering whether “takeover” is one word or two: The answer is both.  Takeover is a noun; take over is the verb.

Are you a kid?

What would you like to take over at UCV?

  • Lunches?
  • “coffee” hour?
  • the Sunday service?
  • Book Group?
  • Forum?
  • Gardens?
  • Sidewalks?
  • Website?
  • Signs?

Tell us! We want to hear! We could create a Kids Manifesto.

Some photos of Kids Takeover UBC from their facebook page

Here’s some of their description:

For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It’s time for kids to rule at this fun-filled arts festival for kids and families.
Celebrate Family Day weekend by bringing your entire family to UBC on Sunday, February 11 from 10am to 5pm for a day where kids and youth will be given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of arts and culture. Takeover Day, first launched in the UK, is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organizations, archives and heritage sites.

Some links:

A humorous (I think) article from the Ubyssey about what could go wrong.

UBC 2018 Event


UK Takeover Challenge

Takeover Challenge

Here’s a sample letter from young people to an organization–or perhaps at UCV it would be adapted towards a particular individual, committee or team.

[The address of the organisation you’re writing to goes here on the left, above the main letter]

Dear ,

[The name of your school or group] would like to invite you to be a part of our Takeover Challenge from Friday 24 November 2017. This year Takeover Challenge can happen any time, any day over the year so there are plenty of chances to get involved in the biggest takeover in England.

The event gives young people the chance to ‘takeover’ organisations for a day. They get to experience what it’s like to be in a real work environment, taking on responsibility and being a part of the decision making process. This year the project is asking organisations to think about how they can extend their Takeover for more than a day.

Organisations benefit too, gaining new ideas, insight and creativity to improve their services as well as the chance to show their commitment to listening to children and young people. Organisations across every sector and of any size can take part – it’s a flexible event which can be tailored to suit your needs.

[The name of your school or group] chose to invite your organisation to take part because [here you can explain why the organisation was chosen. Is it because they work with young people and you wanted to have a say? Is it because you’re interested in what the organisation does and wanted to learn more about it? Try to give a few reasons and a lot of detail so they really understand why you have approached them]

If you were willing to let us take over for the day we would like to [now explain what you would like to do on the day. How many young people want to take part? Who do they want to work with? What decisions do they want to influence?]

We would be glad to discuss alternatives with you if any of the above isn’t possible.

In previous years Commissioner’s Takeover has been a big success, with hundreds of organisations and thousands of young people getting involved, having fun, learning new skills and exercising their right to speak up on the issues that affect them. With the help of [the name of their organisation] we hope we can make

2017-18 the most successful Takeover yet!

As well as giving young people a valuable experience, Takeover Challenge is a great opportunity to gain publicity and show that [the name of their organisation] is one that takes on challenges and cares about young peoples’ right to have a say in the decisions that affect them. [Is there anything else you can list here that might help convince the organisation to get involved?]

We hope you will consider this invitation and look forward to hearing from you soon.


[your name and position]



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