The charter was launched 4 Jan 2013 by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Dept Education and Skills – and as yet hasn’t been implemented.
The Charter sets out many laudable aims and actions, that are perhaps of special interest to art-worker parents, whom might (but not necessarily) have greater concern that others about the place of the arts within the state administration of education and child development and care services.
A number of the responses gathered by Practice.ie mention the work of Reggio Emilia, in relation to teaching young children – which has been previously cited here on the Mothership Project website.
Item 1 of the charter, might raise some eyebrows – the Public Service Education Dividend (PSED), which is a stipulation that artist and art institutions in receipt of public funding donate a small amount of time to education initiatives).
What do art-worker parents – who might work for organisations or as individuals be occasionally in receipt of public monies – think about this call to volunteer a little of their time and expertise?
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The Mythological Quarter website (of Copenhagen artists Bonnie Fortune and Brett Bloom) has recently posted a couple of new profiles in the Artist Parent Series – Follow the link from their homepage: http://mythologicalquarter.net/
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Robert & Jack’s interdisciplinary practice encompasses sculpture,installation, performance, film-making & writing, and includes explorations of epistemology and systems of knowledge from the hermetic to the scientific- sources for the work are drawn from subjects as diverse as natural history, archaeology, anthropology, myth and legend.
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