Welcome to the Arts in Education website
The Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht became co-signatories of the “Arts in Education Charter” which was launched in January 2013. The Charter plays a pivotal role in promoting both Arts Education and Arts in Education among children and young people through the alignment of a joined-up, integrated and collaborative approach across Government Departments, Education Agencies and Arts Organizations.
There are two strands to Arts in Education practice: one involving interventions by the arts world into the domain of formal education, and the other involving students engaging with the arts in the public domain, usually in publicly-funded arts venues, whether local or national. The Charter articulates and promotes the essential role of the arts in education, enabling students to be successful in school life and work. Implementation of the objectives of the Charter requires the partnership and collaboration of arts, education, business, philanthropy and government that have a national scope and impact, as well as state and local partnerships that promote educational policies supportive of arts in education.
Arts-in-education practice involves skilled, professional artists of all disciplines working for and with schools in the making, receiving and interpreting of a wide range of arts experiences. Arts in education practice can happen within or outside of school. Artists, arts organizations, pupils, teachers, and sometimes primary carers work together to create arts experiences that enrich the curriculum and support the core educational mission of the school. Arts in Education practice enriches the lives of all involved, particularly in nurturing the developing of the minds and imaginations of the pupils.
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