There are some one million citizens who might be characterised as the 'target population' of Young People, Children, and Education (YPCE) provision. Their number and their economic dependence, combined with the critical, developmental nature of childhood, are factors that continue to inform YPCE policies that are aimed at establishing equal access to quality arts experiences appropriate to age, ability and cultural tradition.
YPCE practice covers all artforms and genre, and increasingly uses new media and technology. It occurs in a wide range of settings, both in and out of school. It engages young people as 'audience' as well as 'practitioner'. The Arts Council acknowledges the exceptional work of artists working in this field. We also acknowledge the significant impact of the many arts organisations, venues, festivals and local authorities which have made provision for young people central to their annual programming and services.
In addition to our partnership with local authorities and Údarás na Gaeltachta, we maintain ongoing links with the Council of National Cultural Institutions; the Department of Children and Youth Affairs; the Department of Education and Skills; the National Youth Council of Ireland; and with the HSE on matters concerning child welfare and protection. We also maintain relations with many of our EU colleagues working in the field of arts and education.