15 December 2006: Arts and Education Committee identifies priority areas of focus

The Arts and Education Committee, was established jointly by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism and the Minister for Education and Science on 28 September. The committee has met four times to discuss its advice on aligning the Council’s strategies for promotion and encouragement of the arts with the priorities of the formal education system.

The committee, which is chaired by Arts Council member Mary Nunan, has identified a number of key priority areas to advance within its terms of reference. These include:

  1. Coordination of existing information and resources
  2. Advocacy
  3. Curriculum Implementation
  4. Consolidation and support of current arts and education practice
  5. Formalising frameworks and networks for arts and education.

The Committee wishes to hear a wide range of views on these issues. A call for proposals will be issued early in 2007 to help inform its deliberations.

In the meantime, any queries about or communication to the committee can be forwarded to: artseducationreport@artscouncil.ie



The five-person committee, all of whom are active practitioners in the field of arts and education, is chaired by Ms Mary Nunan (Member of the Arts Council).

The other members are:

  • Ms Orlaith McBride, Member of the Arts Council and Director of the National Association for Youth Drama.
  • Mr Jerome Morrissey, Director of the National Centre for Technology in Education.
  • Mr Pá¡draig MacSitric, Assistant Chief Inspector, Department of Education and Science.
  • Mr Derek West, Former Principal of Newpark Comprehensive School, Dublin, and Chair of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, Arts and Culture Committee.

The terms of reference of the Special Committee are:-

a) Having regard for the statutory functions of the Arts Council as set out in Section 9 of the Arts Act 2003, and in accordance with section 21 of that Act, a Special Committee has been established to advise the Arts Council on how best to align the Council's strategies for the promotion and encouragement of the arts with the priorities of the formal education system. The Committee should deliver its advice to the Council by 1st May 2007.

b) Acknowledging the contribution that the Arts can make to a rounded and balanced educational experience, the Committee will have regard to the wide range of demands on the school curriculum bearing in mind that responsibility for determining the content of the school curriculum rests with the Minister for Education and Science;

c) The need to prioritise and cost its recommendations; these recommendations must have regard both to their resource implications for the Arts Council and also to the fact that the budgetary resources likely to be available over the next four years to the Minister for Education and Science for development of services in the education sector must be allocated to fund existing policy commitments;

d) Subject to (b) above, the identification of what additional sources of funding, if any, might be available to fund its recommendations; and the roles and partnerships that are appropriate for relevant State and other agencies and bodies in this context, including the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, the Department of Education and Science, the Arts Council, Vocational Education Committees, and Local Authorities.

e) The focus of the Special Committee's advice should be on making specific deliverable recommendations for implementation over a three to five year period.

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