The launch of the Arts in Education Portal, the key national digital resource of arts in education practice in Ireland, took place on May 19th 2015 in the Printworks at Dublin Castle. This initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills has been implemented as part of the Arts in Education Charter. Kids’ Own – in consultation with an editorial committee – led the development of content for the Portal and are currently content managers.
The Portal was officially launched by Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Department of Education and Skills, with over 300 people attending on the day. Speakers included Editorial Committee Chair Dr. Katie Sweeney, National Director for the Integration of the Arts in Education (DES); committee members Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education/ Scoilnet and Orla Kenny, Director of Kids’ Own; Professor John Coolahan, Chairman of the Arts in Education Charter’s implementation group; and Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Diaspora Affairs, who co-signed the Arts in Education Charter in 2012.
Room 13 students from Scoil Bhride Cailini ETNS with artist Orla Kelly led a special immersive event and the Junior Strings Orchestra of Music Generation Louth gave a wonderful performance to kick off proceedings.
Throughout the launch featured Projects/Partnerships were displayed on screens throughout the auditorium. The next deadline for submission of Projects & Partnerships is 15th September.
The Portal also accepts news submissions on an ongoing basis.
Submission forms can be accessed at http://artsineducation.ie/