An exciting new programme initiative launched today by Taoiseach, Enda KennyCreative Ireland aims to ensure that every child has access to art, drama, music and coding lessons by the year 2022.
"The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. "
The programme is set to build upon five pillars:
1) Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child Devising an integrated implementation plan for arts in education is a priority for Creative Ireland. The Department of Education and Skills will be a key partner in implementing this pillar. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will also be central to the success of this pillar.
2) Enabling Creativity in Every Community The empowerment of local authorities to lead the engagement of citizens with our arts and culture is essential.
3) Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure The Government recognises that high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector and that investment in cultural infrastructure underpins social cohesion and supports strong and sustainable economic growth.
4) Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production The overarching, long-term objective of this pillar is to elevate the creative industries including media, architecture, design, digital technology, fashion, food and crafts.
5) Unifying our Global Reputation Amid increasingly fierce global competition for investment, tourism and export markets, a clear articulation of a country’s values, capabilities and beliefs about itself is increasingly important.