The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, is delighted to announce a number of arts bursaries that will be delivered through four arts and cultural organisations working with Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services.
The projects, which were chosen through a competitive tendering process, are:
Announcing the bursaries at an Early Years Forum today, Minister Zappone said:
This investment in arts and culture is a pilot initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) under Creative Ireland, is in collaboration with the Arts Council. Creative Ireland, the five-year initiative of the Government of Ireland from 2017 to 2022, places creativity at the centre of public policy.
The DCYA has committed to two actions under the Creative Youth section of the initiative.
The first of these actions is the development of a pilot bursary for Early Learning and Care and School Age Services, which will be evaluated on its completion.
A second action, involving development of principles for working with young children and the arts in early years settings, will be completed in 2020.