Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Questions (613, 621, 626)

Joan Burton

Question:

613. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht how she will ensure that arts funding is used in order that minority and new Irish voices are heard as part of our cultural output. [13601/16]

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Joan Burton

Question:

621. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to liaise with the Minister for Health to develop and roll out an arts and health strategy across acute and children’s hospitals and across the community health sector and the other innovative approaches being considered to use the arts as a means to promote well-being across society. [13611/16]

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Mick Wallace

Question:

626. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has had any engagement with organisations such as Fighting Words which are working on developing and nurturing creative writing and literacy skills outside of the mainstream education system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13635/16]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 613, 621 and 626 together.

Under the Arts Act 2003, primary responsibility for the promotion of the arts at all levels throughout the country is devolved to the Arts Council. The Arts Council is the main channel of the State's current expenditure on the arts and will receive over €60 million in 2016.

The Arts Council’s ten-year strategy Making Great Art Work (2016-2025) set outs how it will lead the development of all aspects of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. Making Great Art Work places specific emphasis on the need to plan and provide for children and young people. The five high level values of the Strategy include a comment to excellence as well as respect for diversity of artistic practice, of public engagement, and of social and cultural traditions. The strategy also commits to working to achieve full implementation of the Arts in Education Charter.

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to the publication of Culture 2025 as a priority and I intend to submit the draft policy to Government for consideration in the coming weeks. This first such policy will be a living document and will form the basis of an on-going dialogue with all who are interested in cultural policy. Both the new Arts Council Strategy and the evolving Culture 2025 policy provide platforms to deepen engagement across all the sectors referred to in the questions.